Medieval Peasant Dress

Medieval Peasant Dress consisted of a few basic garments, tunics and/or shirts, leggings or pants, dresses and cloaks. Clothing in medieval times was closely linked to that of your station and as such was closely linked to the pyramidal hierarchy of the day.

Peasant Dress

Therefore, clothing would be primarily functional in nature with little regard to fashion. It would consist of little, if any embellishment. The garments would also be made of the lowest and most common of materials. The material most likely used would be that of a low grade of wool or linen that generally was rough and scratchy in nature and would be of a natural or un-dyed color.

Peasant Dress would not normally consist of such luxuries as shoes or hats. Headdresses during this time in history were worn primary by those in the upper classes or clergy, distinguishing ones station in life. That being said most medieval peasant clothing ensembles did not consist hat. However, if on the rare occasion the peasant did don a headdress it would most likely be a basic cap for the sole purpose of keeping warm during the winter months. The cap would be made of the lowest of grade of material, such as the aforementioned rough and scratchy wool or linen. It would also be of a natural color as such things as dyes were costly and therefore not available to the medieval peasant. The design of the cap would be that of the most basic as well, like most medieval Peasant Dress.

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