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What is Traditional Irish Dress

On April 24, 2008, Posted by , In Irish, tagged in ,, , With Comments Off

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

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.

The Invention of Drawstrings and Pleated Sleeves

On February 27, 2008, Posted by , In Irish, tagged in ,, , With Comments Off

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

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.

Proof against the Existence of an Irish Kilt

On February 27, 2008, Posted by , In Irish, tagged in ,, , With Comments Off

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.

The Carnamoyle Stockings — 16thc Knit Wool Hose

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

Sources for Irish Re-enactors

On February 27, 2008, Posted by , In Irish, tagged in ,,,,, , With Comments Off

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

Dyeing with Real Saffron

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Dyeing linen with real saffron

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.

To Dye a Saffron Colour

On February 27, 2008, Posted by , In Irish, tagged in ,,,,,, , With Comments Off

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