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Dalmatic (tunic)

This dalmatic, or ceremonial tunic of German kings from 1125-1150 was made from very dark blue (almost violet) silk, and was richly decorated with gold and pearls around the circumference of neck, bottom hem and the sleeves. The long leeves were quite wide at the shoulder, yet fitted closely to the forearms and especially the wrists. The lower part of the tunic, extending below the waist, was widened by means of triangular pieces of fabric inserted on each side. This garment was very long, extending down to the ankles, with total length of 140 cm. Thus, it has been hypothesized that the owner was about 175 cm tall. The original width of the fabric used is unknown, but it must have been at least 82 cm wide.


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Based on: A History of Costume; Carl Köhler;  translated by Alexander K.. Dallas M.A.; Philadelphia; 1928; David McKay Company

Patterns of extant garments - Undergowns, part 1
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