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SPES products - technology & methods of manufacturing
- products with visible signs of using modern methods and tools in their production; e.g. visible outside and inside seams in clothing made with the use of a machine.
- products with visible signs of using both modern and traditional methods and tools in their production; e.g. main, inside seams in clothing are made with the use of a machine while outside stitches and details are sewn by hand.
- goods with visible signs of using only traditional methods and tools in their production; e.g. all seams in clothing are sewn by hand.
*NOTE. We always use high quality materials and fabrics while making our products - the above standards of their production are not related to the materials used.
Medieval shirts made of linen are an essential part of a former underwear for men. Together with braies it makes a basic set for reenactors who start completing their historical costumes.
We make our medieval shirts from linen in white or natural color. On special request, we can use other colors or fabrics like silk or cotton. Underwear from expensive fabrics was worn mostly by higher social classes.
The presented medieval shirt consists of rectangles. It has a cut and strings under the neck. In the Middle Ages, depending on region and period, shirts could have had various finishing, differing in length, cuff, or collar. That's why on your request we can prepare a unique medieval shirt. Send us a picture of your dreamed-of medieval shirt, and we will prepare it for you.
Our shirts can be sewn in one of three standards.
↪Economic standard is sewed entirely by machine.
↪High standard means sewing by hand.
↪Medium standard is a mix of two: visible seams are made by hand, while the rest by machine.
The origin of a medieval shirt
The history of shirt is very long. The archetypes of medieval shirt are probably tunics from Central Asia. Tunic moved from there to Sumerians, Babylonians and Egyptians. Later, it gave rise to Greek chiton and Roman tunic. Camisia, a tunic from Gaul worn also by Teuton tribes, had a "T" letter shape, derived from the Middle East. In all Roman languages the word "shirt" comes precisely from the word "camisia".
The underwear for men and women started to differ in the 12th century. Medieval shirts for men, like the rest of clothing for men, became shorter, and female shirt was the basis of a chemise. In medieval Central Europe linen fabric was whitened by exposing it to the sunlight and pouring water, to speed up the process.
An example of a medieval shirt can be found in Tacoinum Sanitatis.
This shirt is available in standard sizes from XS to XXL or in custom size, fitted to individual measurements for additional 20% charge. To choose the proper size, please follow the chart below: