1  The following photographs are of  a display of reproduction clothing exhibited at a local primary school.

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Middle Class Woman About 1370.

 This woman wears a linen under tunic called a kirtle with a sideless surcoat in wool over it.  On her head she wears a linen wimple. She is carrying a distaff and drop spindle for spinning wool. In the basket to the side is the fleece she will card (comb so that the staples all lay in the same direction) and tie to the distaff. Notice that one fleece is brown; coloured wool was highly prized in medieval times, fabric was difficult to dye and the dyes had a tendency to fade quickly.  Brightly coloured clothes were a sign of high status because these fabrics were very expensive

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Noble Woman About 1150.

This lady has colored embroidery on her gown a silk veil and decorated shoes, these details tell us that she is a lady of high status. Women used false hair to make their own hair appear longer these hair extensions were often stuck in place with cow dung. 

 

 

 

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Young Girl In A Heraldic Gown From The Late 1300s. 

This girl wears a silk gown embroidered with her family emblems. The use of silk in her garments shows that her family is very important. She carries a lucette, these were used to make square cord for lacing garments closed.

 

 

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Saxon Boy About 1066.

 This boy wears a garment like trousers called braies these have leather thonging wound around them to make them fit tightly, he also wears an under tunic and over tunic. He has a practice sword made of wood and a shield. All boys learnt to fight with weapons because they needed to be able to defend their village, if it was attacked by raiders (eg Vikings or Scots).

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Noble Woman About 1480. 

She wears a richly decorated gown with a butterfly headdress. At this time a high forehead was considered beautiful so women plucked their hair so that it did not show under their ornate headdress.

 

 

 

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A Rich Merchant From About 1500. 

This merchant is fashionably dressed, and the use of velvet on his robe shows that he is wealthy. Velvet was imported from Venice and was very expensive. The casket at his feet shows some of the imported items that would help to make him rich. Spices such as Nutmeg, Pepper, Cinnamon and Cloves came from Indonesia and India they could only reach Europe via the silk route. This was a long and hazardous journey through many countries. This long journey through many countries meant that by the time they reached England they were very expensive to buy. Spices were highly prized in Medieval Europe for flavouring food, but they were only available to the wealthy

 

 

 

 


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Noble Woman About 1480.(Elizabeth Woodville) 

She wears a richly decorated gown with a butterfly headdress. At this time a high forehead was considered beautiful so women plucked their hair so that it did not show under their ornate headdress.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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