Ancient Celtic Clothing
Irish Celtic clothing - Irish Celts of any ages or sex wore usually, a white linen leine (tunic). Other tunics were dark gray, gold, yellow and brown in the stories. The word 'leine' actually means linen. Some tunics had sleeves, and some actually had hoods, like our pull over hoodies today! (SOLD OUT) Some were knee-length, and some calf-length but the most common of course was mid-thigh for men. We also read that some had red/gold embroidery, lace or fringes as trim. One is described with a gold hem, some had gold seams or red embroidery. The interlace was very simple twist. Don't make the mistake of put intricate interlace on an early Celtic clothing, for this was not done until the 5th century possibly later.
Celtic Clothing and Status
Celtic Cloaks - A Mantle, or fur cape, was an essential necessity and not a luxury as today. It was the color and length of the Celtic cloak that showed the status of the individual. Celtic Cloaks were rectangular or ovoid; the oval ones being shaped on the loom. A Celtic cloak, called a Brat, was the rectangular type was pinned with a brooch. For the brat - the longer the brat, the higher the status. The brat of kings and heroes was often referred to as being 'five-folded'. This means that only the Chieftains, honoured warriors, Royalty and Druid were allowed over 5 colors. We know of a mantle which some of the colors were purple, green, reddish-gray, black, and gray streaked, yellow, red, dun, or purple edged, patchworked and one re-brown. This important piece of Celtic clothing was usually the four-cornered or oval brat, pinned at the breast with a pin or brooch. Irish Celtic cloaks resembled bear skins or fur or curly wool. A piece of a cloak from around 200CE period with inserted tuftings of wool has been found in an Irish bog.
Shoes, Sandals, and BeltsCeltic Clothing shoes were made of leather, straw or linen. It seems that shoes were worn only by women and male Druids, definitely not warriors unless they wore linen shoes that rotted away. Interesting one piece shoes have been found in the Irish bogs and they are of the same type worn by figures in the Book of Kells. Remember since the Celts loved bright colours, and some of these shoes have even been described in the literature as purple and yellow. The shoe was a sandal type usually but was sometimes a full boot shoe with fur wrapped around the leg, held together with strings of leather. The boot shoes varied but for the most part were made with one piece of leather. Gaulish sandals and shoes constructed of straw have been found.
Celtic Clothing Belts - Celts loved to wear belt buckles and belts which we have here in the store. A belt of leather or wool called the oriss was sometimes worn over the leine, although the Tain only mentions belts in connections with swords or armor. Belts were made by card weaving so that complex patterns could be made. Card weaving was also used to make fringes for Celtic clothing.
Druidess Celtic Clothing - wore green speckled cloak with a round, heavy headed brooch above the breast is described.