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Cotte is a loose medieval dress used as an under garment in 13th and 14th century. This medieval cotte is widened with gussets from hips downwards.
Our cotte has long sleeves and it does not have a lining. This historical dress has a small cut around neck. Depending on needs and preferences, we can prepare the medieval cotte from linen or wool.
This medieval dress can be worn without outer garments with numerous decorations. We highly recommend choosing a medieval belt from our large assortment. The cut in the neckline can be decorated with a broche.
Check our stock before placing an order. You might find there a cotte available off the shelf.
- 2 standards of sewing to choose from – high and average
- can be made from linen or wool
- practical long sleeves protecting against both rain and searing heat
- loose, comfortable cut
- length reaching ground
- cut in the neckline
Medieval dress and former customs
The impressive length of this medieval cotte is the result of the former traditions and customs. Women in the medieval period were urged to cover their calves with their historical dresses as precisely as possible. Exposing this area of a body was perceived as highly inappropriate and perverse.
Cotte – a popular historical dress
This type of medieval dress was worn both by women and men. The difference was with its length – men wore it shorter, women longer. Medieval cotte was put over a shirt and as an under garment it was rarely used as endmost layer of clothing. Usually people used another layer in a form of an outer garment.
This is the reason why cotte as a historical dress had a rather simple design.