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Based on a French iconography, the late-medieval 14th-century pourpoint will prove itself both in combat and as civilian clothing. This medieval gambeson is characterized by its low weight, natural padding and freedom of movement. Additionally, this quilted aketon has a low-profiled collar.
The historical french pourpoint is available with several types of stitching:
• on chest, back and shoulders – arched ones,
• below the waist – horizontal, ended with vertical stripes,
• vertical quilting is also used on the sleeves.
In our standard offer, an aketon is tied like “overcast stitching”. However, we give the opportunity to modify and replace the string with tin buttons or point tieing.
When designing the historical French pourpoint, we’ve focused on mobility during the fight; that’s why we’ve used a new sleeve pattern, called ‘inverted elbow’. Thanks to this solution, the aketon stays in place and does not limit the freedom of movement.
Low weight, high mobility, natural materials and fidelity to historical sources – all of these distinguish the French pourpoint and makes it a great choice for both knightly battles and historical reconstruction.
Aketon is available in several sizes (more in table below) or custom sized (with a small charge):
Individual measurements. Price + 20%.
In order to choose a color of your french pourpoint, please check it here before the purchase.
What does the padding of gambesons, aketons or medieval pourpoints look like?
The outer and inner layer of the purpoint are made of linen material. The padding has been made from felt of two thickness levels.
The thicker level is used on the torso part of a gambeson, while the rest is made of a thinner layer. Such padding, together with a well-chosen armor, will provide the arming doublet with adequate and sufficient amortization.
For an extra charge (+15 EUR), it is possible to change the filling to a thicker one. In such case, the whole aketon will be made of two thin felt layers.
Woolen felt, which has been used in our historical pourpoint, has a number of properties desired by the reconstructors. Wool has a high hygroscopicity, i.e. it can absorb a large amount of moisture without feeling wet. It also ensures proper thermoregulation of the body. Thanks to the use of natural materials such as linen and wool, our French pourpoint is a faithful representation of the medieval original and is fully biodegradable.
Where did the pattern of our French pourpoint come from?
The project of our French pourpoint is based on a character found in "Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César, Faits des Romains". This source comes from fourteenth century.
The most important features:
- can be used both as a civil outfit and for fighting
- low weight
- natural materials
- historical look
- proper amortization
- high hygroscopicity
- natural heat regulation and thermal insulation
- high mobility and freedom of movement
- new sleeve pattern – so-called "inverted elbow"
- 6 sizes to choose from
- possibility to order a custom sized pourpoint
- the ability to easily adjust the size yourself
- freedom of use