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Clearance Sale! 14th Century Silk Cotte

Price:: $189.95


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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • No visible machine stitching with the exception of button holes
  • Cast metal buttons
  • Also see our Made to Order Silk Cotte
  • Available in a medieval palette of jewel tones
  • Flattering and authentic fit
  • Completely reversible so you get two distinct looks for one low price
  • Price: reg. $229.95 now on clearance for $189.95- That's a savings of $40!
  • Clearance items are final sale only

Our Purple Silk Backlaced Gown worn with an Oval Linen Veil, Barbette, Tippets and Decorated Belt (left) and our Purple/ Black Silk Cotte (right) worn with a Silk Hood, Red Silk Chauses, Ankle Boots, Decorated Belt, and Kidney Pouch *Please note the Silk Hood shown here has been customized

About our 14th Century Cotte 


In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form. Beginning mid-century, the man's cotte made a particularly radical departure from earlier fashions. The new garment was shorter (mid-thigh to knee length) than the old surcotte or tunic, with a more fitted body and, for the first time, a full length, buttoned front closure. This new garment became popular with noble and townsman alike, remaining fashionable well into the 15th century, while also giving rise to the more extreme cotehardie.

Our cotte is based on contemporary artwork from a variety of sources. We have retained all of the classic elements of the historical design: long, full sleeves that taper at the wrists, a body that flares at the hips, and cast pewter buttons based on a contemporary pattern and arranged in a uniquely medieval placement. As was done in the 14th century, this cotte can be worn alone over a linen shirt, or beneath a houpelande. Revival cottes are available in both linen - the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe - and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability. Most seams of the linen cottes are fully enclosed with French seams, for a finished look while worn open. The raw silk cottes are self lined in a complimentary color and designed so as to be completely reversible, creating two garments in one!


Photo Gallery 


Front and Back views of our Purple/ Black Silk Cotte worn with a Silk Hood, Red Silk Chauses, Decorated Belt, Wool Brimmed Cap, Ribbon Garters, Ankle Boots and Maltese Cross Pin

At left, our Blue & Red Silk Cotte paired with our Blue Silk Gown; at right, the Blue and Green Reversible Silk Cotte worn both ways - two garments in one!


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 Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.


Silk colors: Green/Blue, Black/Red, Black/Green, Blue/Black, Purple/Black


Red -a slightly darker brick red
Green -a deep but intense forest green
Blue -a brilliant bright blue
Purple -a deep rich purple


Size Chart 


Size Chest Measurement Length (from shoulder)
Small fits up to 36" / 91cm 39" / 99cm
Medium fits up to 40" / 102cm 39" / 99cm
Large fits up to 46" / 117cm 39" / 99cm
Extra Large fits up to 52" / 132cm 40" / 102cm

Note: Sizing on our 14th century cotte is judged by chest size because it is meant to fit loosely in the waist and to be worn with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos). The length given is that of the cotte unbelted.


Our Design 



Historical Inspirations 


Drawing after a detail of a late 14th century illumination “Walter de Hamuntesham Attacked by a Mob” Drawing Drawing after the Viconti Hours circa 1390 in The National Library, Florence , Italy Drawing after an early 15th century Stained Glass Rondell in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Drawing after “Maneville's Travels” circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England Drawing after a detail in a late 14th c. manuscript circa 1395 in the British Museum, London, England Drawing after The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France
Drawing after an Italian illuminated manuscript Add. MS. 15277 circa 1400 in the British Museum, London, England   Drawing after a detail of the Bedford Hours circa 1423 in the British Museum, London, England


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