Central Europe Chemise
Traditional XVI century linen underdress
This classic chemise is made of white thin batiste hereby beautifully falls off with plenty minor folds. The chemise is deeply gathered at neck, has small slit at the back seam and flowing ample silhouette. In Central Europe such shirt was obligatory for low dresses of the XVIth century to modestly hide tempting curves of the wearer. Chemise also had prolonged volume sleeves fixed at the wrist with the help of casing.
This dress is a part of our Traditional Central Europe Costume.
Historically, the chemise was developed from the Roman tunica. This part of costume became very popular in Europe in the Middle Ages. Women wore a chemise under their gowns to protect expensive fabric from sweat.
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- Thin batiste (or thin flax linen in “natural” colour)
- Flowing ample silhouette
- Gathered around the neck
- Loose balloon sleeves
- Flare cuff