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The Cotehardie
A term used extensively for an outer tunic or gown worn by both sexes during the Middle Ages between about 1300 and 1430, and especially in Italy and France. Despite the frequent inention of the word, the exact form of the garment is not clearly defined. In general, in the early years of the fourteenth century, the term refers to a three-quarter length tunic for men, with a round neck, open down the front and buttoned and with fairly wide sleeves. By about 1340 it was a shorter, fitted tunic with elbow-length sleeves ending in tippets. The feminine cotchardie was a full-length gown, often worn ungirded. It had a low, wide neckline and was fitting on the torso, then flared out to a full, long skirt.

The pattern of the Cote-hardie, called the Pourpoint of Charleg de Blois, he died in 1367. this illustrates how clothes wich were very simply made were by then far mor complex, made of many varied peices and tailored to fit the wearer tightlly.


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