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I have decided that I really need a proper cloth belt for my 14th and 15th century garb. Here is where I will be putting my research links for this project.

http://www.larsdatter.com/belts.htm – Extant belts from 6th -17th centuries

  • Belt from the Colmar treasure, silver-gilt mounts (alternating between women’s heads and roses) on silk, first half of the 14th century
  • Belts from the 14th-15th centuries
  • CL17696, a fragment of a lady’s belt, Germany, 4th quarter of the 15th century
  • Lady’s belt, silk with silver and garnets, end of the 15th century

leather belt with mounts, 1350 1400, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

belt mounts, late medieval, 1350 1400, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Reproduction belt from Clunis Museum, France. Late 14 c.

Belt for a Lady’s Dress, c. 1375-1400

Girdle with Profiles of Half-Length Figures 1350-1400 Italy

Silver, with traces of gilding and enamel North Italian ca. 1330–50

First half of the 14th century (ca. 1300-1330), French – Champagne. Enthroned Virgin and Child. MMA.

15th century . Grey wool belt, with ivory fittings. Musée de Cluny – musée national du Moyen-Âge

Right now the fabrics I have are linen and small pieces of wool. My plan is to piece the wool bits together, use linen to line the back, and use mounts on the belt. Strategically placed to cover the lines where the wool is pieced together of course.


And for a different style of 15th century belt. I might do one of these later…

CARLO CRIVELLI (1435 – 1495) – Detail – Saint Mary Magdalen at the Cross.

schilderij Hugo vander Goes 1470

Passion (Greverade) Altarpiece (detail) 1491 Hans Memling