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Early Clothing (before 1350)

These pictures show a selection of my work from the past twenty years. As far as possible I have only featured individuals who have given their informed consent; if you appear here and would rather not, please contact me to have the picture removed.

Most late prehistoric and early medieval clothing is technically quite simple: the effect is in knowing how to wear it, and getting the finish right. Authentic construction methods are fascinating!

Roman clothing for putting on school children, Shrewsbury museums

A boy in a toga gives a speach.

'King Offa' for Tamworth Castle. This was a family collaboration: Ruth Gilbert wove the lozenge twill linen for the shirt and the lichen-dyed windingas, and Kail Runesmith made the brooch and hooks.

King Offa stands in a white shirt, red cloak and black trousers.

The twelfth-century look, with the smock showing at neck and wrists

A young woman with braids wears a grey cote with a red belt.

Kragelund garment reconstructed in handwoven twill.

A grey cote lies on the grass, it's construction clearly visible.

The basic cote or tunic comes in all shapes and qualities, though modern men struggle to keep their hose up.

A young man stands, in a blue cote with his hand on his thigh.

The cut was refined for the thirteenth century: well-fitted sleeves were the key to fashion.

Young woman in a brown dress with flowers in her hair.

Add accessories for work

Man in a grey tunic with a yellow hat, wearing an apron.

From the later twelfth century another layer became increasingly common.

Man in a large, brown coat over a red gown.

How good is your kerchief, how often can you afford to change it, and how long do you spend arranging it?

Woman in a brown dress with a loose head-scarf.

Caps are usually covered by something else.

Woman in a brown dress with a linen cap.

And so are hairnets

Woman in a grey and red dress with a barbette, fillet and hair-net.

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