A coat from the Middle Ages
The mantle in the Middle Ages is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Just as is the case for the medieval jacket, the mantle stands out from the simple cape in several aspects. The mantle and the jacket have a comparatively complicated pattern, which has to be sewn together knowledgeably and with a lot of effort.
This requires a strong dense fabric, which in the Middle Ages was a precious commodity. A cloak isn’t something you just order. It is a showpiece with valuable buttons and these pockets, which were completely new for that time. Only very few tailors could do that. So in the late Middle Ages you order a coat for a lot of money and wait months for it.
If a pirate or a Viking wears a cloak, he must already be very successful and probably captured it from a nobleman. In our online-shop you will find magnificent cloaks that give your character real style. Just take a look around. The fabric we use nowadays is of course a strong and durable cotton.
The cloak and gown of the common man
As well as knights, the Middle Ages also saw many dark and mysterious figures. These assassins, agents or spies had to protect themselves from the prying eyes of strangers. So they used a long cloak with a large hood, the gugel. The cloak and gugel, in brown or natural, are much easier and quicker to make, and nowhere near as expensive as a cloak. The simple skirt of thick cloth is also used. Combined with the gugel, it also protects against the cold in winter. In general, capes, skirts and cloaks are suitable for everyone. Unless you want to be ready for battle at a moment's notice. In that case, a cloak can be a bit of a hindrance. That is why medieval coats and jackets are cut wide and vary according to their purpose. Whether you're looking for a gorgeous fur-trimmed jacket for a nobleman, a dark cloak with a hood or cape for a servant, or an ornate cloak for a lady, you'll find a wide range of medieval clothing and apparel in our online shop. We know all about the Middle Ages - because we love this period!
The cloak as protection from the cold - also at LARP
Capes with or without hoods are part of every medieval scene and originate from the everyday life of this time full of hardship. In the cold Middle Ages, capes were the most important and sought-after items of clothing for Vikings and Germanic tribes, maids and servants.
Every Viking who could afford it owned a cape made of wool or linen. In all medieval tribes, every man and woman wore their cape or hooded cloak with pride. The hooded cloak covers the entire body and keeps the warmth under the fabric. The hooded cloak is suitable for winter as protection against the bitter cold and also keeps the wearer covered.
A real mantle from the Middle Ages was, as I said, a garment of a completely different class. Elaborately tailored and made from the finest materials, a medieval mantle was the preserve of the nobility. The cloak for ladies or the common people was still centuries away.
Practical cloak or noble coat for LARP
The cut and texture of the medieval jacket, medieval cape, medieval cloak or even medieval mantle dates back to that time. But we have made concessions to the fabric in the form of cotton, which was only discovered later. The finely crafted cloaks and capes are usually made of comfortable, soft cotton and fit perfectly on the shoulders. The original medieval fabrics such as nettle, hemp or pure wool are much rougher and not as warm as cotton. Other fabrics such as frieze, scarlet, purple or woollen velvet no longer exist in this form. However, the cut of the cloak is original. A cord at the front ties the cloak tightly and ensures a good fit. Some medieval LARP models also have a hood. This allows the owner to cover up and camouflage themselves mysteriously. The hood can also be used to hide from enemies, making the wearer almost unrecognisable. For even better protection in winter, the cape can be fitted with sleeves to replace the real cape. This type of cloak is held in place by a clasp or cord at the waist. Browse through our range of medieval hooded cloaks and choose the one that suits you best. Whether it's a medieval cloak and cape, a Renaissance frock coat, a Viking flap skirt or an almost timeless coachman's coat, the garment should add the finishing touch to your medieval character.
The coachman's coat
The first coat we know of was Ötzi's woollen coat from 5,000 years ago. It took 4,000 years for it to evolve into something as specialised as a coachman's coat. In order to get something as valuable as a cloak, coachmen had to drive for a high house like the king.
The heavy coachman's coat as we know it today did not evolve until the late Middle Ages. At first the coachman's coat was just a better cloak with a hood to protect the coachman from the harsh weather. It then developed into a hooded cloak, held together at the top by buttons. The lower part of the hooded cloak was usually open, with one part folded over the other.
A noble cloak or mantle - velvet and fur garments
The cloaks of the nobility were elaborate and made of heavy velvet. With ornamental seams or fur, they looked particularly noble and distinguished. For the great captain, a coat with a long placket and high-quality workmanship is a good choice. The wizard's coat has long sleeves and a pointed hood.
On the other hand, the beggar's cloak from the Middle Ages is completely different and not at all noble. This cloak does not look new and was probably stolen from a rich gentleman a long time ago. This type of long hooded cloak looks torn. It has been worn for a long time and is therefore suitable for looters and highwaymen.
The cloak and cape in the Middle Ages
The beggar's cloak was more like a cape with a hood and sleeves. The cloak or cape for the knight or nobleman was particularly ornate or decorated with patterns. There were many colours other than the classic brown. In the Middle Ages, the wearer's social status could be read from the jacket, hooded cape or cloak. In the colder months of the year, cloaks not only protected against the cold, but - like tunics - also symbolised membership of a family or order. Whether you choose a noble brown fur, expensive red brocade, a fine buttoned gambeson, or even a royal black velvet doublet, you will want to dress to impress. Discover the capes of crusaders, monks or warriors in our range. With a garment in true medieval style, you can recreate a weighty piece of history and evoke the corresponding feelings and moods within yourself.
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