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Men-ar-Rumpet Gallery Grave, Brittany, France

The Men-ar-Rumpet Gallery Grave (also known as Men-ar-Rumpet-Bretaña, or La Pierre des Druides) overlooks the mouth of the river Jaudy near the village of Kerbors. These structures are known locally as “allée couverte.” The site was used as a collective burial ground.  A gallery grave is a type of chambered tomb found in France, most of which date to the late Neolithic period. Dating of some gallery graves is difficult, as the tombs may have been constructed in the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age, but reopened and used for burials until the Late Bronze Age.

Okay! So here’s a sneak peak of my new early 15th century cote with hand sewn cloth buttons. This kit still has a long way to go, but I wanted to show you my Butterbeer tankard from Hogsmeade!! Not exactly medieval immersive, but I’ve been drinking eeeeverything out of it and I love, love, love it!

Also, I had to get myself a new leather tankard holder for my belt after the one I made got promoted to buckler strap. This one was made by the very talented local blacksmith down at Kryal Castle. –sorry I had to pick the display one, it just had the cutest button!–

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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