Tunic, Button Neck, linen

This is a well documented early medieval style, based on a number of extant garments from the period: the Skjoldehamn kirtle (1000-1210), Kragelund man's kirtle (1045-1155) and the shirt of St. Louis of France (circa 1250, Notre Dame).  

Similar garments can be seen in the Morgan Bible (The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Ms M. 638, also called the Maciejowski Bible), and the Arena Chapel Frescoes by Giotto (c.1305-1306).  This garment is best used for European and Iberian portrayals of the period 1250-1325. It may be worn alone or layered with other garments

The cut is a generously sized "A" shape, flaring from the point of the shoulder to hem. The bottom width is increased with gores inserted from waist to hem. The 48” length from shoulder to hem will fall at about the ankle on most women and just below the calf on most men.

The sleeves are tapered to the wrist, and have a square gusset under the arm for freedom of movement. The wrist is finished with a round button, allowing for a close fit. 

The round neckline is finished with a self-fabric facing. The front slit is closed with your choice of 2 round buttons (as seen in Giotto’s fresco) or eyelets placed to accept a brooch (as in the Morgan Bible).

  • Shoulder seam to shoulder seam: 23" (falls slightly off the shoulder)
  • Approximate width across chest: 54"
  • Shoulder to hem: 48"

Both neck styles have a round button at the wrist.

Made of linen.  (Models are wearing medium blue and raspberry, brooch detail is medium blue. Model in blue is 5'8", model in raspberry is 6'3") 

PLEASE NOTE: Measurements noted are -after washing-. Measurements will vary slightly from garment to garment depending on linen used.  Garments are sent unwashed and are oversized to allow for shrinkage.  Shrinkage can be controlled by washing method, please consult washing instructions sent with each garment. 


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  • Model: BSD-TN04
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 20 December, 2012.