Hi could anyone help with a query? Were late 14th century doublets, hosen and cotehardie always made from wool or would linen also be an acceptable material?
Also were doublets always worn under a cotehardie? Because body linens and two layers on top seems mighty warm if you want to wear a cotehardie!
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Usually wool yes, if you are talking the UK. Just find thin wool, that's the important point that lots of people overlook. Plus when you are actually active it is okay to take off your outer layer, the cotehardie etc is for show or keeping warm when cold.
Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen has a visible weave and great natural texture. It also wrinkles very easily, which is part of its effortless charm. However, if you'll be wearing this suit to work, you may want to try a linen blend that also contains cotton or wool.
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