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Mantles were used for protection against cold during travel, as a blanket on the road, and as an outer garment mostly for men. First mantles were only used by nobility, and thus were richly decorated. Originally only married women were allowed to wear them, but younger girls from noble families sometimes broke this rule.

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Reconstruction of mantle from 12-13th century

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Cloak of Rudolf I Habsburg

Found in royal tomb in Prague castle (made before 1307).

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Men's cloack from Bocksten

Constructed according to the finds from Sweden. Dated approximately to the middle of 14th century.

Patterns of extant garments - Outer garments, part 1
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Patterns of extant garments - Coifs, part 1