A medieval shirt with bateau neckline. This type of historical underwear has characteristic quoins under armpits. Our historical shirt is made on a base of rectangle and it has spacious sleeves. It reaches the hips.
This version of a medieval shirt is fitted to arms and it accentuates the neck. Due to low neckline and no strings, this historical shirt remains invisible under other clothing.
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. Medieval underwear from expensive fabrics was worn mostly by higher social classes.
This historical shirt was worn even in the later historical periods. Thus, it can be used by persons reenacting the Tudor period, an other periods.
Color of linen to choose from: white and natural.
Our historical shirts can be sewn in one of three standards. Economic standard is sewed entirely by machine. High standard of medieval shirt means sewing by hand. Medium standard is a mix of two: visible seams are made by hand, while the rest by machine.
This type of medieval shirt can be found on the picture by Geerten tot Sint Jans - "The Legend of the elics of St. John the Baptist".
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 medieval underwear for men and women started to differ in 12th century. Male shirt, like the rest of medieval clothing for men, became shorter, and female shirt was the basis of a chemise.