First off, I want to say that there is nothing wrong with people who commit farb crimes, as long as they are not at an event that is trying to show the general public “how it was back then.”
For non living history/ reeanctor readers, jargon definition:
Farb: a derogatory term used in the hobby of historical reenacting in reference to participants who exhibit indifference to historical authenticity, either from a material-cultural standpoint or in action.
I know this post is going to sound arrogant and condesending, but that’s not how I mean to come across. I’m sure doing LARP and SCA* stuff is really fun, I know people who have a great time doing it, I have nothing against that. What I do have something against is those same people coming to living history / reenacting events that are open to the public and bringing their farb ways with them. (*I am aware not all SCA is the same, and that some groups try very hard to be accurate.)
The point at those events is to educate the public, and to have fun doing it. If you’re not interested in properly educating the people by presenting as accurate depictions as possible, then go have your own group event. Just don’t come to a educational one with your drink coolers, pop up tents, plastic armor, and stainless steel swords. Again, there is nothing wrong with having that stuff, using it, and enjoying yourself, but just not at these events.
Some people think it’s just too much work to get the real thing, and put an expert kit together, but the quality shows. Let me give you some examples.
In camp: farb with coolers, pop up tents, bamboo mats, and obviously no period cloth for clothing:
Ok now here is an example of a non farb camp
Can you spot the difference? How about a compare/contrast with armor and fighting?
Ok, now for the non farb guys:
Can you tell a quality difference? One group looks like a renfaire and the other looks like a movie set?
I must admit, when I first started doing living history at age 12, I was a farby. Here is the proof:
It takes time, a long time to put together an expert kit, but the effort you put in it really shows.