14th Century Reversible Silk Cotte

SKU: 4569HZ-1-1-2-1-2-3-2-2-1.

14th Century Reversible Silk Cotte

$444.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Authentic lines for comfortable, distinguished look
    • Also available in Linen and Wool
    • Completely lined garment
    • Available in rich jewel tones, in any combination of your choice
    • No visible machine stitching except buttonholes
    • Comes in four sizes to accommodate most body types
    • size XXL is available as a custom order +$60
    • This style is made to order so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us (708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

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About our 14th c. 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 houppelande. Revival cottes are available in linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe -, wool, and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

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    The Silk Cotte is excellent. It fits wonderfully and has full range of motion when I walk or spar with it.

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Size Chart

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.

Size Max. Chest Measurement Length (from shoulder)
Small 36″ / 91 cm 39″ / 99 cm
Medium 40″ / 102 cm 39″ / 99 cm
Large 46″ / 117 cm 39″ / 99 cm
XLarge 52″ / 132 cm 40″ / 102 cm
XXL 58″ / 157 cm 40″ / 102 cm

Size XXL is available as made-to-order only.

Silk Colors:

Brick Red, Black, Hunter Green, Royal Blue, Purple

Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us (708) 502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

About our 14th c. 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 houppelande. Revival cottes are available in linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe -, wool, and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

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 The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France

Drawing after a detail of the Bedford Hours circa 1423 in the British Museum, London, England

Left: This Lady is bedecked in the most sumptuous color of the era. Her purple silk Backlaced Gown is accented with Tippets, Barbette, and linen Veil She’s pinned in place. Beneath she conceals her Chemise, Stockings, and Turnshoes. She finishes her look with a red leather Decorated Belt.

Right: This Lord Chooses a black/red theme with his black silk Cotte, and his red silk Chauses and Hood. He closes his hood with a  lavish Badge. To complete his look he wears Ankle Boots, Decorated Belt, and Pouch.

This Lord prefers to blend into the night with his black silk Cotte and Chauses. Atop his head he decorates his Turret Hat with a feather. Beneath his Cotte are his Shirt and Braies. He finished his look with all black leather Belt, Gloves, and Boots.

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