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posted 01-27-2003 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeanne     Edit/Delete Message
I've read some descriptions that a bliaut was similar to a tunic type dress and others where it's very baggy like a cotehardie.
Can anyone recommend a website or two where I might find one or (several) good picture(s) of what a bliaut actually looked like (or patterns of one) and how it was worn?


posted 01-29-2003 02:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Levan   Click Here to Email Levan     Edit/Delete Message

"Bliaut. Most popular in the period 1140-1160, but worn well into 13th century, the blaiut was a dress cut to be more fitting to the figure. The bodice and skirt were made from separate pieces of material - giving a closely fitting bust with a low neckline revealing the underdress, long (often excessively long) loose sleeves, and a pleated skirt. The bodice was held in place by a girdle or decorative belt, or laced at the back or sides to give a close fit to the upper body. A men's version also existed, like a basic T-tunic but with a longer than knee length skirt pleated to the bodice, which was laced at the sides or back and and also had a low neckline showing the shirt underneath."

From http://homepages.tesco.net/~tinyclanger/albini/albini_clothes_female.htm

Excellent resources: http://garbindex.ath.cx/garbindex/content/bliaut.php http://victorian.fortunecity.com/manet/394/page21i.htm

Instructions: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/3212/h-cost3/bliaut.html

Some pictures, authenticity? http://www.noelcostumier.com/Castle.htm

For pictures, I've saved the best 'till last: http://employees.oneonta.edu/angellkg/MEDIEVAL.HTML


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