Garb and Patterns

Cloaks Greek and Roman 10th-11th C English 12th C Bliaut 10th C Irish 15th C Italian
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Cloak Patterns

Greek and Roman Garb

Roman women would wear several layers of garments. The bottom layer was a sleeved tunica. Over that, married women wore a stola. All women wore a palla as a veil/shawl when out in public. Several web sites suggest that a sleeved tunic could be worn under a tunica on unmarried (or less than high class) women. Roman men wore a tunica and a toga. Greek women wore a sleeveless chiton and chlamys (small shawl) or himation (huge shawl).

10th-11th C English Garb

12th C Bliaut

The bliaut, a garment popular during the 12th century, is known for its excessive droopy sleeves and tight waist.

My Class Handouts


  • Guesses at Bliaut Fabric: Wool, Linen, Silk.
  • Geometric patterns, not floral
  • Not raw silk, silk noile, silk dupionni (out-of period weaves according to 12thcenturygarb yahoo group)
  • Jacquard is fine, Twill is fine

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5-10th C Irish Garb

Women: Long wide dress called a leine, rectangular shawl called a brat.

Men: Knee length leine, a vest called an ionar, a brat.

15th C Italian Garb


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