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Outer garments

People of the Middle Ages wore a second layer of clothing on top of cotte or tunic. This outer garment was often called surcotte (surcoat), and its primary function was to protect against cold. Later surcotte was also worn as a ceremonial robe, and eventually it became a part of fashion-wear.

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Alb

Garment from the 12th century Palermo.

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Pellote of Leonora de Castille

Precursor of popular ladie's surcotte, 1st half of the 13th century.

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Fernando's pelotte

Probably a children's version of a sideless gown from the middle of 13th century.

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Saya of Leonora de Castille

Asymmetric sideless gown from 13th century.

 
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Dalmatic

A dalmatic from beginning of 14th century Germany.

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Surcotte of king Rudolf I Habsburg

This garment (before 1307) was found in the royal crypt in king's castle in Prague.

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Sakkos

Bysantinian devotional robe (dalmatic) from 14th century.

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Herjolfsnes No. 63

Men's outer garment from late 14th century Greenland.

 
Pattern of extant garments - Undergowns, part 2
Copyright Martina a Martin Hřibovi 2006
Patterns of extant garments - Mantles, part 1