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In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the colour of clothing showed a person's social rank and profession. Red could only be worn by the nobility, brown and gray by peasants, and green by merchants, bankers and the gentry and their families. This shirt would not have necessarily marked an individual out as belonging to the middle classes though, as the nobility were free to wear green too, and often did! Unfortunately for those who wanted or were required to wear green, there were no good vegetal green dyes which fully resisted washing and sunlight. A shirt like this would have only staid a vibrant colour for a few months - and would have had to have been re-dyed to have maintained its looks. Green dyes were made out of moss, ferns, buckthorn berries, the juice of nettles and the bark of the alder tree. Only in the 16th century was a good green dye produced, by first dyeing the cloth blue with woad, and then yellow with resede luteola. The design and fashion for shirts seemed to change very slowly. This design was worn between 1390 to 1620 (approximately) and even throughout the 17th century in Eastern Europe and Scotland. It's made from heavy cotton, as was available in the 15th Century, but visually it's also a good match for linen, which would have been more common. Made with modern chemical dyes.
Video Below = Medieval Shoppe sword being used whilst wearing this shirt.
This shirt is quite breathable for me and allows me to go to events without overheating like I do in my gambesons and still maintain a costume. When combined with a few other bits of kit it really comes together. David Critchley on 17th Dec 2018
I am very pleased with my shirt , the fit is great ,so comfortable . Looks really great paired with the Ring belt I also bought . Will be wearing both to the York Medieval Fayre on the 23RD of September . Bruce on 12th Sep 2018