Search

What the Celts Wore:

By: Celtic Bard Jeff


According to Diodore of Sicily, the Celts enjoyed clothes in bright colors, striped fabrics, and tiles. The wool fabrics were of high quality and had colorful patterns. Women have adorned their clothes with flowers and women of high ranks have quilted it with gold.


Before the Roman occupation, fringes were a frequent decoration for clothes and coats. The clothes consisted of colored chiton, a sort of blouse and trousers. A coat was worn over this garment as needed, wool in winter and smoother in the summer. Pants (braccae) are a novelty in the European environment of the time.


Ombrians and Boians in Italy wore pants and light coats. The Gésates, brought to the rescue of the Transalpine, fought naked according to the old custom.


The cloth was fastened by the Celts to their shoulders with buckles, pins or fibules, for men mostly made of iron, for women in bronze or silver, richly decorated with coral or enamel. Wealthy women had a great penchant for jewelry. They wore gold, silver or bronze rings, necklaces or torques, bracelets, sapropelite rings and glass bracelets, fancy belt chains and other ornaments. For men, more attention has been paid to weapons. At the waist, the Celtic garments were reduced with a belt richly decorated with ornaments or plaid sewn in gold or bronze. Ordinary people had a simple fabric or leather belt.


At the time of the economic and social revival of Celtic society in the 3rd century BC. the belt became an important part of the attire of a war man and a woman of the free classes. While women's belts form a richly decorative part of clothing (bronze or gold and colored - decorated with white and red enamel), men's belts were also used to hang a sheath with a sword. And to wear mainly small wooden sandals, canvas shoes with soles or leather.


The clothes consisted of colored chiton, a sort of blouse and trousers. A coat was worn over this garment as needed, wool in winter and smoother in the summer. Pants (braccae) are a novelty in the European environment of the time. Ombrians and Boians in Italy wore pants and light coats. The Gésates, brought to the rescue of the Transalpins, fought naked according to the old custom.


The cloth was fastened by the Celts to their shoulders with buckles, pins or fibules, for men mostly made of iron, for women in bronze or silver, richly decorated with coral or enamel. Wealthy women had a great penchant for jewelry. They wore gold, silver or bronze rings, necklaces or torques, bracelets, sapropelite rings and glass bracelets, fancy belt chains and other ornaments. For men, more attention has been paid to weapons.


At the waist, the Celtic garments were reduced with a belt richly decorated with ornaments or plaid sewn in gold or bronze. Ordinary people had a simple fabric or leather belt. At the time of the economic and social revival of Celtic society in the 3rd century BC. the belt became an important part of the attire of a war man and a woman of the free classes.


While women's belts form a richly decorative part of clothing (bronze or gold and colored - decorated with white and red enamel), men's belts were also used to hang a sheath with a sword.


And to wear mainly small wooden sandals, canvas shoes with soles or leather.


Source: Hugues Foulquier > celtes Image: Ancient Celtic Clothing

2 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All