Belts can be fastened in a wide variety of ways, using buckles, rings and the like, or they could simply be tied. Many (some indicate the vast majority) of belts had strap ends of similar materials on the end of the belt.
Belts in the SCA
In the SCA the belt has many uses:
- Provides a place to attach your tankard or drinking horn
- Holds favours
- a place to hang your pouch or mobile phone
- keeps your t-tunic tidy
- for having belt fights with
- can tuck up long skirts/tabards out of the mud
Contrary to common SCA belief, period belts often had buckles, and were not just straps of leather with a metal ring attached. Belts with buckles can be seen in illuminated manuscripts, and as a heraldic charge.