Celtic clothing of the 16th century remained relatively unchanged from the centuries that preceded it. The Irish favored functional clothing for centuries and were not as enamored with fashion as their English lords and neighbors were. They were also not as wealthy. Celtic clothing was simple and sturdy, made out of linen and wool. Unfortunately, these materials did not withstand the test of time well, and few examples of Celtic clothing have been preserved.


The leine was a traditional Irish shirt, usually made of linen. Both men and women wore it. The bottom hung slightly below the waist if pants were worn; if not, it would hang roughly to the knee. Leines often indicated social standing, and the wealthier you were, the finer the fabric used to make the garment. Those Irish who could afford it also favored dying the shirt yellow with saffron dye.
Men's Clothes

In addition to the leines, men wore pants known as trius or trews. Made of wool and snugly fitting, these pants had buttons up the lower legs to the knee. The inar was a type of jacket. It was made of wool and sometimes had a pleated skirt to provide some leg covering. Irish men also wore a brat, or cloak, which was a rectangular cut of wool. The longer versions showed greater wealth. They were usually trimmed with fringe borders.
Women's Clothing

Women wore clothing similar to men but with a couple of additional pieces. Still wearing the leine --- a much longer ankle length one --- as a foundation, women then put on a long dress over it. Women also wore a modified brat sometimes resembling a cloak, but often like a shawl. Women wore hats as well. Less is known about Celtic women's clothing as there was much contact with Irish men through military encounters, but women rarely left the island.
O'Neal, Prince of Ulster

During the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, saffron was outlawed as a dye. Also cloaks and long hair were denounced as signs of thieves, rebels and outlaws. In 1562 O'Neal, Prince of Ulster attended the court of Queen Elizabeth I with his guard. They wore no proper court hats and sported bared hatchets and uncut hair. They wore shaggy cloaks and shirts with long sleeves dyed yellow with saffron, the spitting image of 16th century Celts.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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