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  • Croatian clothing in the 11th century


    The main part of the men's and women's clothing remains a tunic, so that the characteristic clothes consists of a long tunic that has a lower narrow long sleeves, and the top, short tunic, which has short, wider or narrower sleeves. Upper tunic was further tightened at the waist, and was decorated with ribbons or embroidery. Women's tunics were narrower and longer than men's, and consisted of a tight shirt that was tied to the back, or to the side and pleated skirts. At the waist was a large belt of leather or silk, which was lowering to the ankles. The sleeves of the upper tunic over time began to extend, until the mid-11th century, when they were touching the ground. Headgear varied. On trips, men were wearing hoods over wide-brimmed hats. Phrygian cap-kind of berets, were worn at that time. Women wore a veil held by a gold hoop or semi-hoop. On the feet, people wore pointy leather shoes or boots.

    Various studies indicate that ancient Croatian costume does not have a unique style. It differs due to the strict social division and to the stylistic influences. Antique style, Greco-Roman and Byzantine style were mixed. The rural population retains the characteristics of the Illyrian and Slavic folk-style dress. Lords and rulers dressed in Byzantine style (King Tomislav and king Držislav). The rest of the population follows the ancient tradition of the dress.