Note: We give the general sizing guidelines on our 12th century Undertunic because it is meant to fit loosely for a flowing silhouette when worn under our Supertunic and belted to complete the look (as shown in our photos). The length given is that of the Undertunic unbelted. Please note that although the size given is quite generous once belted this style looks very good on smaller and larger folks and those in between, as can be seen on our models.
|Max. Chest Measurement||Max. Waist Measurement||Length (from shoulder)|
|One Size||54″ / 137cm||50″ / 127 cm||51″ / 130 cm|
White, Black, Red, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Purple
Slate Blue, Sage, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Gold
Note: Please note, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the 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.
About our Supertunic
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.
This era was also an age of innovation and elegance in civilian dress. Throughout the Norman lands in Outremer, Sicily, England and France, sumptuous garments that were a blending of old Western and Eastern styles predominated. Subtle, but significant changes transformed the old tunic of the previous centuries into several new styles. We have chosen a design that is well documented in historical artwork and stone effigies, and was fashionable amongst both young and old during the life of the famed Richard Cur de Lion (1157 – 1199) for its combination of style and comfort. The loose, sumptuous supertunic falls below the knees and has broad, three-quarter sleeves, a deeply cut neck hole and short side slits to both facilitate movement and better display the undertunic. The tunic is cinched at the wait with either a simple, moderately wide belt or a double-wrapped belt. Our opulent, supertunics are available in a selection of linen colors with contrasting sleeve lining and yoke. As always, the garment is produced with finished interior seams and no visible machine stitching.
Drawing after a Cisterian illuminated manuscript plate of Morlia in Job, Ms. 168, f. 4 v., circa early 12th century in the Library of Dijon in Dijon, France
Drawing after an illuminated manuscript from the Monastery of Hirson, circa 1110-20, in the Candes Bibliothek in Stuttgart, Germany
Drawing after a German Manuscript in the Library of St. Peter’s, circa 1080-1150 in Salzburg, Austria
Drawing after column sculpture on the portal of Chartres Cathedral, circa the 2nd half of the 12th century in Chartres, FranceBibliothek in Stuttgart, Germany
Drawing after a an English Champleve Enamal Plaque in the Mosan Style, circa late 12th century in the Victoria and Albert Musuem in London, England
Drawing after the Donation of Duke Richard from the Mont-Saint-Michel Cartulary, circa the mid 12th century , ms 210 f. 19.v, in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France