Particolored Clothing

The Linkspages at

Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince: A Study of the Years 1340-1365 Reconstructing History: 14th Century Man's Cotehardie Pattern Reconstructing History: 14th Century Women's Kirtle or Cotehardie Pattern Period Patterns: Men's Cotehardies and Sideless Surcoats Pattern Period Patterns: Women's Cotehardies and Sideless Surcoats Pattern

All particolored garments depicted in medieval illustrations and artwork seem to be set up so that all parts of the right side of the body are one color, and all parts on the left are the other. Sleeves are the same color as the section of the body to which they are attached.

Men’s hose may be the same, counterchanged, or completely different from the color worn on that side of the body.

Often, particolored garments seem to be worn by musicians, jesters, or liveried servants, but particolored garments appear in other contexts as well.

(Another term used for particolor on some of these webpages is “mi-parti,” though this term can apply to other styles of multicolored cloth or clothing as well.)

Many thanks to Camilla Luise Dahl for her suggestions on Danish church paintings!