Items of clothing
There were many different kinds of clothing in this period and there are many references to them in the poetry. There are frequent references to all kinds of mantles; some for traveling and others to display status. A particularly special mantle described by Guto’r Glyn is the Irish mantle or the ffaling.
There are also references to various kinds of tunics in the poetry. It seems that some items such as the doublet and hose, in particular, were subject to changes in fashion that made them typical of this century (see Other clothes). Generally, clothes were tighter than they had been in the previous century, with men wearing shorter tunics and women wearing gowns with lower necklines.
Although the costumes of the gentry were not as extreme as they would become in the Tudor period, French influence on clothing was obvious in the case of some items, especially headwear. The main purpose of a head-dress was to display status and great wealth or to denote specific livery; aspects that were glorified by praise poets such as Guto’r Glyn.
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