A transitional style seen from the late 14th C. through the end of the 15th C., split hose are made of separate legs cut from bias cut woven wool. This style affords much more coverage over the hip and buttocks than chausses.
This style of hose are often seen on soldiers and working people. Excellent examples may be seen in 'Martyrdom of St Erasmus' by Dieric Bouts (c. 1458), 'Battle between Heraclius and Chosroes' by Piero della Francesca (c. 1460), 'St Roch' by Carlo Crivelli (c. 1470) and this illumination by Robinet Testard. (Master of Charles of Angoulême, fl 1475–1523).
The legs are open from front to back through the crotch. There is no codpiece, so the shirt and/or braies can be seen in the gap. Legs have a seam running the entire rear length, are lined with linen to mid-thigh, and have a full foot. Thread eyelets located on the upper edge point the hose to a doublet or pourpoint.
Please note: These hose WILL NOT stay up without support!
Wool and Wool blends.
Model shown at left is wearing Berry Red.
We keep very few garments in stock. If you do not see the size and/colour required, please go to the Split Hose Made to Order product.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 19 January, 2009.