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Pair of Tippets


    • Based on contemporary artwork
    • No visible machine stitching
    • Made in 100% Lightweight Linen
    • All interior seams fully enclosed
    • One size fits most – fits up to 15 1/2″ arm, 28″ Long
    • Removable – pins onto sleeve
    • Color: White



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During the High Middle Ages (11th – 13th centuries) male and female fashions often emphasized a full-sleeved tunic or gowns over a tight-sleeved undertunic or gown, both of which were worn over a plain linen shirt or chemise. Towards the close of this period the sleeves of the overgarment were cut to end at the elbow and form long, pendant sleeves about a foot long, leaving the forearms covered exclusively by the undergarment. As the new style of tight-sleeved, fitted gown and male cotehardies came into fashion in the 14th century, the overgarment’s sleeve was now tight-fitting and extended to the wrist. The old pendant sleeve was replaced with a purely decorative strip of linen or silk fabric about three inches wide that was attached either temporarily or permanently around the sleeve just above the elbow; from it a long streamer fell anywhere from the knee to the ground. Early in the period the bands seem to have been worn to the front of the arms, but later “migrated” to the sides of the arms. These streamers, or tippets, were nearly exclusively white, and great care was exercised to keep them pressed free of wrinkles. Based on contemporary artwork, our removable tippets are made of lightweight, white linen, and are “one size fits most” fitting up to a 15 1/2″ arm, with a 28″ long streamer.

Drawing after April in Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1411 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, ms65 fol. 4v(detail) Chantilly, France

drawing after The Marriage of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia c. 1383

drawing after the penitents by Roman de Gerant; Bnf ms fr. 15103, fol. 40V in bibliotheque nationale de france c. 1417

Drawing after illuminated manuscripts circa 14th c. Roy. MS.20 Dxiv and Cvii in the British Museum, London, England

Drawing after a detail of the Romance of Alexander, MS. Bodley 264, c. 1340 in the Bodeleian Library, Oxford, England

Drawing after Jan Van Eyck’s ‘Hours of Milan’ c. 1380, in the Museo Civico, Turin, Italy

Drawing after Joan de la Tour from the tomb of Edward III, in the Courtald Institute of Art, London, England

Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry c. 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Tippet pinned closed over the sleeve of a black linen Backlace Gown

A woman kneels in prayer, she wears a black Backlace Gown with a Wimple and silk Veil to cover her head. Her tippets hang low from her upper arms just barely brushing the floor.


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