Medieval shirt and medieval tunic for LARP and medieval festivals.
A Medieval shirt or medieval tunic as clothing for the upper body
is usually the most striking part of a garment, whether for Ancient Times
, Middle Ages
or something more modern. This is why this category has a very special significance, as these clothes are a decisive factor in the appearance of a character.
The upper clothes decide whether you will be recognized as what you want to represent or not. If you want to pose as a classic Viking warrior
, tunics are the right thing for you. For Vikings a laced shirt from the Middle Ages
is out of the question, but you should save it for your pirate
or musketeer outfit
. The medieval crusader
needs a simple linen shirt
or a medieval tunic
under his coat of arms
. But also other genres have their justification here and we also offer a cowboy shirt
or a chic western ladies' blouse
that is suitable for different occasions. Fantasy
characters have of course a little more possibilities and it's a question of your own style and imagination what the Dwarf warrior
or the elven mage
Elves are usually portrayed in such a way that they wear some refined shapes of wide tunics or blouses, possibly embroidered with filigree patterns. Dwarfs are known to prefer coarse, sturdy fabrics and to combine an undergarment with a heavy tunic
or a leather vest
. Of course, these are just two classic examples. How you put together your clothing is up to you, whether you're out and about on medieval Larp, medieval markets
or other worlds.
Fantasy tunic or leather jerkin, what do elves or dwarves wear?
Elves are usually depicted in such a way that they wear somewhat refined forms of wide tunics or blouses, which may be embroidered with filigree patterns. Dwarves are known to prefer coarse, sturdy fabrics and to combine an undergarment with a heavy tunic or even a leather tunic. These are of course just two classic examples. How you combine your medieval tunic is your decision.
What does a medieval shirt have to do with the Middle Ages?
Medieval shirt, medieval pants
or medieval blouse
and similar terms are commonly used, but often are a little misleading. The various forms of medieval shirts
that are meant here are in most cases models from the Renaissance
or later epochs like the Baroque
and come from such a fashion that has little in common with the Middle Ages. Especially a so-called medieval frill shirt
, medieval lace-up shirt
or fluffy pants hardly fit the European Middle Ages. They belong to later epochs like the Renaissance. So most medieval shirts
could be called Renaissance shirts.
Materials of medieval tunics and shirts
Generally the fabrics used in the Middle Ages have changed considerably less than for instance the fashion. For a long time linen, fine linen or coarser linen for the lower classes, was the material of choice for underwear such as a medieval shirt or a Renaissance women's blouse, for Viking tunics and medieval undergarments. Although cotton, which is popular today, already existed, it was rarely seen in our latitudes during antiquity and the Middle Ages, as it was actually only grown and processed in India and the Middle East. We offer most of our garments in cotton, but there are many of them, whose weave gives the impression that they are made of linen, the so called "Linen look".
The second layer of clothing was made of wool. There were significant differences in quality too, but wool was the material of choice for the vast majority of people to keep themselves warm and dry. The medieval underwear was mostly undyed, i. e. natural as a shade of colour. Different colours and dyes were used for the second layer clothes as long-sleeved or short-sleeved tunics, depending on the status, origin and wealth of the wearer. Other fabrics such as silk, cotton or weaves such as damask and brocade etc. were reserved for a very small, rich minority.