MoonDragon's Medieval Costumes
ANGLO SAXON 11the CENTURY
Costumes are fun and can be relatively easy to make yourself. These instructions are for making your own Faire costume for Anglo Saxon 11th Century Women's Clothing. The women's clothing appears to be a layered look made from light-weight wool, linen or silk in a simple T-style tunic. The undertunic is wool, a simple T design, but with extra length in the sleeves.
The overtunic is made of wool, although the very wealthy may have had elaborate heavy silk ones for special occasions. The main difference is that the sleeves become much larger at the wrist end and the hem comes mid calf to ankle length. The inside of the sleeves may be of a contrasting color. Borders may have tablet woven or embroidered decoration.
The veil covers the neck opening of all the tunics. It is either a semi circular, rectangular or circular piece of cloth. Usually white. In the circular version a hole for the head is cut off center. The veil is usually pinned to a fillet worn under the veil. The brightly colored ends can sometimes be seen hanging down the back, below the veil edge. The hair is work plaited under the veil, again giving a good base to pin the veil to. Gold fillets are seen on high born women on occasion.
The mantle appears to be elliptical, irregular diamond or semicircular. The most obvious feature is that the mantle is higher at the front than the back, suggesting a head hold placed off center. This adds to the layered look. It would be made from wool and would be lined with more wool, linen, silk, or fur.
Finger rings and circular brooches are customarily used.
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