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Celtic Clothing – Bright Fashion from the Celts

The Celts has had a very impressive impact on the world's fashion sense over the years. Woven textiles in bright naturally dyed colors were the dominant style used by the Celts and have often been known to use distinguished patterns and weaves for their clothes.


Celtic Clothing - Fashion Conscious Era

Many researchers have said that Celtic clothing influenced fashion around Europe and central Asia and are often said to be early descendents of the Indo-Europeans. The bright, often garish colors used by the Celts are said to have been influenced by Indian tribes. But inspite of popular belief the Celts had special technique when it came to weaving and designing fabric. Their signature patterns and weaves have been noted down in history as being extremely advanced for the time span. The earliest form of Celtic clothing were made from fibres of tree bark, vegetables and ofcourse grass. Among the most popular variants, wool was most commonly used, followed by linen and silk. Since wool was light and easy to dye, the used it more frequently. Dyes were created from leaves, berries and seaweed and was considered to be a women's task strictly. The woolen cloak called brat was worn over a loose, long-sleeved linen tunic called léine. A belt called crios and a brooch called dealg were used to fasten the tunic with the cloak.

Celtic Shirt - Men's & Women's Attires

The Celtic shirt, known as a léine, was made from soft linen material, woven intricately and dyed grey, white, gold, yellow and sometimes even rust. Men who wore these tunics were often distinguished by function and class. Better quality linen tunics were worn by chieftains and kings, while warriors wore rougher quality shirts, often yellow or rust colored during wars. The tunic was worn underneath the woolen brat most commonly. The other way to wear a Celtic shirt or tunic was to pair it with a jacket, known as inar. Trousers were not worn commonly. But if was, the trouser was generally a short knee-length or calf-length material called truis. Women's tunics were longer in length, though sleeveless and down to their ankles. Women usually sew intricate decorative patterns around the wrist and neck of the tunic, making it a sort of identification for their husbands. These borders were often brightly colored and embroidered using intricate needlework techniques.

Celtic Dress - Styles & Patterns

Apart from the usual léine, women wore the Celtic dress or cloak, which was long sleeved, full-length dress, pinned on the shoulders. This version was called léinte. Like men's tunics, women's dresses were decorated with intricate weaving and embroidery along the borders. The trimmings were a way to signify a woman's talent. Celts were fond of color and their clothes signified this abundantly. Though there are no records of them wearing kilts, later 16th Century Celts were found to wear kilts at times. Women of higher sects wore brats that were made from finer material and woven in beautiful patterns. They also wore a lot of gold, silver and copper jewelery, clasps and belt buckles. The Celts were responsible for a lot of influence over attires world over, their styles remaining distinct and different over the years.

Written by Nelly Kendrick

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