A Byzantine shirt construction

Contact with the Byzantine Empire was robust, especially during the later part of the Merovingian period. Here is a website that details how to reconstruct an extant Byzantine shirt from an archaeological find in Turkey. I wish we had more extant garments to base our research on.

Byzantine Shirt from Turkish grave site

Byzantine Shirt from Turkish grave site




  1. Reply
    Idonia April 17, 2011

    Thank you for that link! I have been making my regular shifts with a similar construction in the gores (with the top of the gore going up into the sleeve), and I really like it. It is very comfortable, and easier to deal with than a gusset in my experience. But I didn’t have any information on that construction type as it was a suggestion from my roommate as a period construction method, and now I have something to go on.

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    Catherine Raymond September 20, 2011

    Hi! I just found your blog.

    Since you found Peter Beatson’s article about the Manazan shirt interesting, you may be equally interested in seeing my photographs of the shirt I made using his directions. This entry from my blog has the best photographs of the completed shirt and there is a good closeup of the neck area in this post.

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