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Category: Male clothing > Body Linen

A simple medieval shirt

A simple medieval shirt

Century: XIII, XIV, XV
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CODE Material
BMLE0003Underwear linen Machine-made 39.00 EUR
BMLR0002Underwear linen Hand-made 69.00 EUR
BMLS0001Underwear linen Mixed 45.00 EUR

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Medieval shirt made of linen is an essential part of medieval underwear for men. Together with braies it makes a basic set for reenactors who start completing their historical costumes.

We make our medieval shirts from linen in white or natural color. On special request, we can use other colors or fabrics like silk or cotton. Medieval underwear from expensive fabrics was worn mostly by higher social classes.

The presented medieval shirt consists of rectangles. It has a cut and strings under the neck. In the Middle Ages, depending on region and period, shirts could have had various finishing, differing in length, cuff, or collar. That's why on your request we can prepare a unique historical shirt. Send us a picture of your dreamed-of shirt, and we will prepare it for you.

Our historical shirts can be sewn in one of three standards. Economic standard is sewed entirely by machine. High standard means sewing by hand. Medium standard is a mix of two: visible seams are made by hand, while the rest by machine.

The origin of shirt

The history of shirt is very long. The archetypes of medieval shirt are probably tunics from Central Asia. Tunic moved from there to Sumerians, Babylonians and Egyptians. Later, it gave rise to Greek chiton and Roman tunic. Camisia, a tunic from Gaul worn also by Teuton tribes, had a "T" letter shape, derived from the Middle East. In all Roman languages the word "shirt" comes precisely from the word "camisia". The medieval underwear for men and women started to differ in 12th century. Male shirt, like the rest of medieval clothing for men, became shorter, and female shirt was the basis of a chemise.

In the medieval Central Europe linen fabric was whitened by putting it out on sun light and pouring water, to speed up the process.

An example of medieval shirt can be found in "Tacoinum Sanitatis".

Medieval shirt size* Client chest girth (H) Medieval shirt chest girth Medieval shirt length Medieval shirt sleeve length
S <90 cm 96 cm 70 cm 56 cm
M 91-105 cm 110 cm 76 cm 56 cm
L 106-120 cm 126 cm 76 cm 56 cm
XL 121-135 cm 140 cm 81 cm 63 cm
XXL 136-150 cm 156 cm 81 cm 63 cm
Custom +20% of the basic price

*Please specify the chosen size of medieval shirt in Additional Information while ordering.

The task of medieval underwear was to isolate the body from the outer woollen clothes - it was the only element of garments that was regularly washed. Usually it was made of linen, for wealthier users of silk, and in the late part of the Middle Ages of cotton. It is a basic and inseparable part of medieval clothing. Medieval men's linen consists of a shirt, braies and sometimes an underwear belt, and medieval women's linen consists of a long shirt.

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