Bare Bones Border Morris kit
The kit was designed by committee in a pub. The idea was to use traditional morris colours in a way that respected the 'bare bones' of the tradition but with some additional features.

We used tails to link with the traditional border tatters and create a sense of movement; we had a different colour front and back to accentuate the patterns in the dances and we chose flowing sleeves lightly gathered at the wrist to be cool under the arms!

Initially we danced in red sandals with yellow socks but increasingly people were getting injuries from the lack of support and so we moved over to black shoes or boots with red laces. It was also very difficult to get matching yellow socks.

The tattered jackets also came later as a winter accessory and to emphasise the 'border' style. Similarly we'd started without hats, for personal preference, but decided in the end that the kit was a bit naked without them.

 

           

Our tunics are either red and green or red and yellow with contrast belts.  The hats are black top hats with red, yellow and green ribbons but everybody adds their own feathers, badges, etc. in side colours.  We also wear our own choice of jewelry!  We wear black leggings, black socks and black boots/trainers with red laces.  The tattered jackets are predominantly black but with some red, yellow and green.


Who supplies the kit?
We all supply our own black leggings, black socks, trainers/boots and red laces. 

The tunics are made (either by ourselves or another side member) from material which is bought on the roll by the side.  Belts are made from the same material (in a contrast colour), also supplied by the side.

We supply our own top hats (which can be lightweight fancy dress type ones or more solid ones which can be bought from the market).  The ribbons for the hats are bought by the roll by the side and are supplied to everybody.  The rest of the decoration is up to the individual but should be in side colours. 

Bells also are bought by the side as are our leather badges.  We supply black ankle bands but you have to sew on your own bells!

Rag jackets are made by everybody individually, usually on the base of a jacket or shirt bought from a charity shop!  They are mainly black but with bits of colour using scraps of fabric from making the kits. 

Green face paint is also supplied by the side although some people have problems wearing this.  Both oil and water based paints are available.


In the winter we wear black T shirts or polo necks under the tunics when needed.


Jean A is the ‘kit police’ and her decisions are final!