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Medieval Women's Clothing, A Masterpost of Sorts

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Find the masterposts for Men’s Clothing, Children’s Clothing, Shoes, Clothing Materials, and Fabric Colors.

Aprons: Used by middle- and lower-class women, they could be a variety of colors.

Barbe: A pleated piece of linen similar to the barbette and widows, it was worn underneath the chin or widows and over the chin to denote a noblewoman.

Barbette: A linen band that wrapped around the head, under the chin. It was usually pinned.

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Medieval tournament and jousting in Hospital de Órbigo - León - Spain <3

My surcoat’s colours are gules (red-right side) with vert oak leaves and or acorns for the Astorga coat of arms, and argent (white-left side) with a purpure rampant lion  for the ancient Reign of León coat of arms. I’m wearing a mustard cotehardie underneath my surcoat, an ornated belt and a silver crispinettes hairdo <3

I had the pleasure to watch these men jousting as the medieval horsemen did, they performed an epic tournament to tell the story of Don Suero de Quiñones. This gentleman asked the King of León in 1434 to joust against any horseman willing to cross the river Órbigo over the famous roman bridge at Hospital de Órbigo so he could get free from a promise of love. He had to break 300 spears before he could marry his bride Leonor de Tovar.

Medieval Clothing, a Masterpost of Sorts

This is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergynobilitycommon medieval jobsdivinationspirit animalsmythical creaturesstructuring an armymedieval punishmentsarmorpre-gunpowder weaponssiege warfarecastle anatomy, and common terms of medieval life.

This post includes women’smen’s, and children’s medieval clothing terminology, materials, colors, as well as a note on medieval shoes.

Medieval Women’s Clothing Terminology

Aprons: Used by middle- and lower-class women, they could be a variety of colors.

Barbe: A pleated piece of linen similar to the barbette and widows, it was worn underneath the chin or widows and over the chin to denote a noblewoman.

Barbette: A linen band that wrapped around the head, under the chin. It was usually pinned.

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