Kit – from beginning to 2020-21

The Beginning

At the first practice, we had group practice hankies.

At our first dance-out in September 2017, we all wore white shirts, black trousers, and black shoes.


By ICBINI our kit included baldrics made of wide twill tape, and yellow socks. We also had individual dance-out hankies, made of nicer material than the practice hankies.

The baldrics were sewn at ICBINI, and hat ribbon was measured and sewn on. At this event we learnt that string to hold one’s hat on is an excellent idea.

Academic year 2018-19

By this point we had wider baldrics made of fabric.

Individual kit consisted of white shirts, black britches, black shoes, yellow socks (provided by the society), and group kit had bells, baldrics, hankies, hair ribbons, and arm ribbons.

Both practice hankies and dance-out hankies are now group kit, many members have their own practice hankies made themselves from colourful material.

The beginnings of our Rapper team in Autumn 2018

Both for aesthetics, and accessibility for some members, it was decided that the Rapper kit should use black short-sleeved t-shirts instead of the long-sleeved white shirts used for Cotswold. Sashes were made of the same fabric as the baldrics of the time.

Academic year 2019-20

A dance-out immediately preceding term was a day long dance-out (Sowerby Rushbearing), with lots of switching between Cotswold and Rapper. A decision was made for the event to do the Rapper in white shirts, and simply swap baldrics and sashes, and shoes for those with separate shoes for the different styles. By the next Rapper dance-out, all the members of the Rapper team were happier without swapping, and the decision was made for all subsequent Rapper to be done in white shirts.

By this point we’ve had a couple of members wear different but thematic kit for accessibility reasons. This has included yellow leggings instead of socks, and a couple of styles of skirt.

In a cafe after a dance-out in spring, it was mentioned that winter is rather cold, and the decision was made to acquire yellow leggings as an alternative to socks for cold days, and for those who found the socks uncomfortable. Unfortunately they did not arrive before lockdown, and have not been tested.

Author: Sheffield University Morris

Morris Dancing Society at the University of Sheffield

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