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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.
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 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, this medieval pourpoint 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 pourpoint 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 (Y7b), while the rest is made of a thinner layer (Y7a). Such padding, together with a well-chosen armor, will provide the arming doublet with adequate and sufficient amortization. More information about thickness you can find here.
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 provides 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 of our pourpoint:
- 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