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On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish

Some Thoughts on Eugene O’Curry’s "On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish"

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Renaissance Celts?

Looking for information on Renaissance Celts? Read this and find out why there were none and why the terms don't make sense.

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A Few Arguments on the Subject of Saffron

Did they use saffron in 16th century Ireland or did they use a native dyestuff. Some arguments on both sides.

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To Dye a Saffron Colour

Were the 16th century "saffron shirts" really dyed with expensive saffron? Or was it something else?

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Dyeing with Real Saffron

Dyeing linen with real saffron

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Sources for Irish Re-enactors

A reviewed and annotated list of books for Irish reenactors and others with an interest in pre-modern Irish history

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The Carnamoyle Stockings — 16thc Knit Wool Hose

The Carnamoyle Stocking is a fragmentary knitted wool stocking from the 16th or 17th century in Ireland.

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What We Wear at Reenactments

Reconstructing History provides historical documentation and information on historical clothing to re-enactors and the just-plain-curious to help them learn about historical clothing and construct accurate replicas of this garb for living history demonstrations.

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An Leine Crioch — The Irish Leine in the 16th century

The Irish leine in the 16th century was a full-bodied shirt-like garment of linen.

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The Dungiven Costume — a 16thc Anglo-Irish Man’s Outfit

A farmer near Dungiven, County Derry brought into the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery a suit of clothes that he found while digging peat on his farm. The clothing found consisted of a woolen semi-circular cloak, a jacket, tartan trews, and a leather belt

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Pattern History

Patterns have only been commercially available since the late 19th century when companies began to produce patterns intended for homemaker use. But the history of patterns stretches far back through the centuries. As apprentices, tailors learned how to take a customer's measurements and draft the pieces that would make up the clothing to be constructed. The patterns a tailor made during his apprenticeship would often stay with him throughout his entire career. Needless to say, patterns were closely-guarded commodities and were not shared for fear of losing business.

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A Survey of Common Women’s Clothing 1660-1680

A survey and discussion of genre art of the period 1660-1680 in order to get a good picture in my head of the types of clothing worn by common women in this time period

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A Needlelace Shirt

details of a needlelace shirt

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A Linen-on-Linen Doublet

Details of a linen and linen doublet in the V&A museum.

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Thread (Linen) Stockings

The most popular material for stockings in the 18th century wasn't wool and it wasn't cotton. It was linen. Knit yourself a pair of thread stockings and be period!

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A Lady’s Habit Shirt

A look at a shirt for an 18th century riding habit.

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A Quilted Wool Petticote

An article on quilted wool petticoats, worn for warmth in the 18th century, but also decorative. Also my attempts at replicating one.

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A Brown Wool Riding Jacket

Construction of a brown wool riding habit for wear as an 18th century traveling costume.

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The Effigy Bodys

A reconstruction of the bodys or corset worn by the effigy of Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the Jacobean Period

An overview of fashionable women's clothing in the Jacobean period, 1603-1620s.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the Jacobean Period

Fashionable Men's clothing in the Jacobean period

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the Stuart Period

Fashionable women's clothing in the Stuart period.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the Stuart Period

Fashionable Men's clothing in the Stuart period.

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the English Civil War Period

Fashionable Women's clothing in the English Civil War period.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the English Civil War Period

Fashionable Men's Clothing in the English Civil War Period.

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