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12th- 13th Century Bliaut

Price:: $219.95

 

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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • Made in 100% China Silk
  • Comes in a dazzling array of colors, with Silk Stomachers and Belts that coordinate with all colors
  • The perfect gown for both formal occasions and hot weather - it is regal and extremely comfortable
  • One size fits most
  • No visible machine stitching
  • All interior seams finished
  • Flattering and authentic fit
  • Black, Purple, Burgundy, Golden Brown, Dark Teal, Dark Green, Bright Emerald Green, Bright Blue, Cream and Yellow
  • Price - $219.95
Our Bliaut in cream worn with Barbette, Double Wrap Belt, Linen Underdress, and a customized Stomacher

About our Bliaut 

 

The Twelfth Century was an era of cultural and technical innovation that has been called both the “High Middle Ages and the “Little Renaissance”. In southern France, troubadours wrote a new form of music that sang of “courtly love”, while the rough-and-ready knightly class adopted a new ideology of its own: chivalry. The brutality of the Crusades not only caused the birth of new, distant kingdoms and the “new knighthood” of the Knights Templar and Hospitallers, but reopened a gateway to the East that brought an influx of new ideas, technologies and materials. The great, Gothic cathedrals, universities, and the reopening of the silk trade were all children born of this new cultural flowering. It was also an age of legendary personalities, whose names have survived the centuries: Henry Plantagenet, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart, William Marshal, Saladin and the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

One such example was the new form of pleated bliaut that appeared in this period. The bliaut was one of the most elegant, and unique garments of the High Middle Ages. It had both male and female forms, and appeared in several variations. We have chosen a design for the lady that was popular during the youth of the redoubtable Eleanor of Aquitaine (1150s - 1160s) for its combination of style and comfort. The loose, airy dress has broad “angle-wing” sleeves and is naturally pleated throughout its length. It can be worn loose over a simple chemise, with a broad, double-wrapped belt, or in full, “court” ensemble with both belt and stomacher, a beautiful style that was unique to this period. One dress, three different styles! Based on contemporary artwork, and made in 100% China Silk, our pleated bliaut comes in a dazzling array of colors that are designed to coordinate with our Silk stomachers and double-wrapped belts. The perfect gown for both formal occasions and hot weather - it is both regal and extremely comfortable.

 

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Bliaut in Golden Brown shown with Stomacher, Double Wrap Belt, Linen Underdress, Linen Wimple and
Linen Retangular Veil and (R), paired with Brocade Super Tunic - shown with Linen Undertunic and Ankle Boots


Bright Green Bliaut shown with Stomacher, Double Wrap Belt,
  Linen Underdress, Linen Wimple and Linen Retangular Veil


Purple Bliaut shown with Stomacher, Double Wrap Belt, Linen Underdress, and
Tapestry Pouch and (R), paired with Brocade Super Tunic - shown with Linen Undertunic,
Gloves and Red Ankle Boots


(L) Bliaut worn with Stomacher and Double Wrap Belt (R) Our Bliaut,
shown with Stomacher and Double Wrap Belt


"My package just arrived safely. Am LOVING the dark green bliaut. The color is jaw dropping. First bought one 2 years ago.In case anyone asks, the silk does dye nicely (with professional silk dye - Jacquard brandwasused) - turned the teal into a jewel tone blue, with no problems."

 
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Colors and Fabrics 

 

Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

 

Silk colors: Black, Purple, Brick Red, Golden Brown, Dark Teal, Dark Green, Bright Emerald Green, Bright Blue, Cream and Yellow

 

Purple -a rich royal purple
Brick Red -a darker red that is close to burgundy
Golden Brown -a rich gold-copper color
Dark Teal -a darker blue-green
Dark Green -a rich, forest green
Emerald Green -a brilliant medium green
Bright Blue -an intense blue
Cream -a good neutral with just a hint of warmth
Yellow -a bright, warm yellow

 

Size Chart 

 

Size Chest Measurement Hip Length (from shoulder)
One Size fits up to 50" / 127cm fits up to 70" / 178cm 66" / 168cm

Note: In our women's clothes we've abandoned 'standard', modern sizing because it is far from standard, and tends to cause more confusion than provide accurate information. So, please judge your size by your chest and waist measurements. For this gown we've given only the maximum size range because the pleating gives an extremely flexible and flattering fit - it really does fit and look great on most sizes. Although it is made of yards of fabric with generous sizing the beautiful drape of the silk allows for a flattering fit in your size. Pair it with one of our tapestry stomachers to complete the look. The bliaut runs long so that you can wear it in the authentic fashion of the period - trailing along the ground or hem it to your desired length.

 

Our Design 

 

 

Historical Inspirations 

 

Drawing after sculpture from Bourge Cathedral, circa 12th century in Bourge, France Drawing after the Effigy of Queen Clotilda, circa 12th century in Corbeil Drawing after column sculpture on the portal of Chartres Cathedral, circa the 2nd half of the 12th century in Chartres, France

 

Notes



Directions for Pleating your Bliaut
  • Hand wash separately
  • Remove excess water by wringing, let dry slightly
  • Twist body and arms, leaving neck edge free, twist around itself once more and secure end
  • Leave to dry completely
  • When dry, pleating is set
  • Store rolled up to maintain pleating between wearings

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