A tunic is a tunic?
- Do we have any tunic experts online right now? I'm wondering if I can
turn my generic medieval garb into a somewhat more accurate Saxon
impression. My husband and I in recent years have put together a few
complete outfits for several different periods as we try to find a
favorite, and as of late my husband's favorite thing to wear is loose
trousers with his belt on the outside of his shirt.
So, since we already have some generic medieval garb that's linen and
well-made (Historic Enterprises and Revival Clothing's short and
medium-length tunics and I have a couple of plain kirtles and one that
laces up the back), can we use these? I believe these items are mostly
correct for 12th-13th century, but they are so generic I'm wondering
if they could look 10th and 11th century as well, with the right
changes and accessories. His tunics should be worn with chausses to be
properly 12th-13th (though the best I have been able to do in the last
two years is get him into very tight pants) and my gowns are usually
worn as is for this period with a veil.
But ... if he wore the tunics with loose trousers instead of chausses
and added the proper Saxon leg wraps, and I added a tunic to be belted
over my kirtle, would that work? Or is the cut and construction of the
later tunics and kirtles that much different from the earlier ones?
Any advice or suggestions are most welcome!
- On May 1, rynka2187 wrote:
> I'm wondering if I can turn my generic medieval garb into a somewhatYou mentioned from when, but from *where* do you want the clothing in
> more accurate Saxon impression.
> 10th and 11th century
question to come? The Saxons lived over a fairly broad region
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxons>. In your period of interest, the
continental Saxons were in the middle of the Ottonian Renaissance and
at the heart of what would later be called the Holy Roman Empire.
England's Saxons had more-or-less completely merged with the Angles.
I'm not sure how much the continental groups' increased interaction
with the east affected their clothing or how much clothing in Great
Britain differed from what was going on in mainland Europe, but
depending on where you set your outfit, one or the other will probably
have an impact.
> . . .we already have . . .Historic Enterprises and Revival Clothing'sIf the Historic Enterprises tunic to which you refer is one of these
> short and medium-length tunics and I have a couple of plain kirtles
> and one that laces up the back. . .
> . . .if he wore the tunics with loose trousers instead of chausses and
> added the proper Saxon leg wraps, and I added a tunic to be belted
> over my kirtle, would that work? Or is the cut and construction of the
> later tunics and kirtles that much different from the earlier ones?
its cut is partly based on two 11th-century garments, so it should work
well for that period. If your plain kirtles are from Historic
Enterprises, too, the same goes for them
I'd say you could reasonably easily go Anglo-Saxon, at least, with what
you've got. (I don't know anything about continental Saxon clothing at
this period.) The Regia Anglorum clothing guide
<http://www.regia.me.uk/members/basclot.htm> should help you identify
details you'll want to incorporate. For a strong Anglo-Saxon
impression, you'll probably want to replace your High Middle Ages veil
with a headrail. Historic Enterprises sells them in white
with bands and pins included. The Regia site shows different ways to
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