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What is Traditional Irish Dress

Irish Traditional Dress -- what it is and what it is not.

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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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A note on the term “Celtic”

Irish Celts? Find out why these terms are incompatible.

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The Shinrone Gown — An Irish Dress from the Elizabethan Age

The Shinrone Gown, an Irish wool gown from the 16th century, perfect for Renaissance Faires, Tudor reenactments, and Irish traditional weddings.

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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 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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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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Dyeing with Real Saffron

Dyeing linen with real saffron

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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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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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The Moy Gown — An Irish Medieval Gown

The Moy gown was found in a peat bog in County Clare, Ireland and is the most complete gown of the medieval type in Western Europe

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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 16th Century Irish Linen Headdress

A 16th Century Irish Linen Headdress

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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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The Invention of Drawstrings and Pleated Sleeves

There were no drawstrings or pleats in the sleeves of Irish leinte. Read and find out where the drawstrings came from.

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Proof against the Existence of an Irish Kilt

There was no such thing as an Irish kilt until 1916. Has a kiltmaker tried to snow you lately? Read and find out the truth.

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The Kilcommon Costume — a 16thc Irish kern’s clothes

A suit of clothes dating to the late 16th or early 17th century was found in Kilcommon Bog, Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. It consisted of a jacket and trews (pants) and accessories of native manufacture.

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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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Legendary Ireland

The earliest Period of Irish History for which we have clothing information.

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Norman Ireland

What is Norman Ireland?

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Medieval Ireland

A definition of Medieval Ireland.

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Tudor Ireland

What is Tudor Ireland?

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What the Irish Wore – Dedication

This site is dedicated to the memory of my father, Eugene (Spike) McGann

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