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Men's hose from Bocksten

A men's hose from excavations in Bocksten, Sweden. The date is unknown, but likely middle or second half of the 14th century. This hose was made from a wide fabric, approximately 59 cm, and thus was probably rather loose. Foth parts of the hose, the leg and the foot, were made from the same piece of fabric. The hose was fastened to the belt in the front by a single string extending from the front-top of the hose. Additionally, there was another small eyelet in the front-middle of the thigh. We do not show it on picture, as its function is unknown, but our best guess is that it could have served a purpose of fastening the hose closer to the leg, by putting a string through it, and tying it around the hose. This hose was of an intermediate length, either extending from the foot up to the middle of the thight, or covering the whole leg of a rather short person (155-165 cm tall).

 

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Based on: Some Clothing of the Middle Ages - Bocksten Bog Man - The Under Hose; I. Marc Carlson; 1996

Spodky, košile a nohavice ve středověku; Ing. Roman Vaverka; 2003

 
Patterns of extant garments - Hoses, part 1
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