Expensive Material & Fabrics
Elizabethan Nobles and Upper classes wore
clothing made of velvets, furs, silks, lace, cottons and taffeta. Knights
returning from the Crusades returned with silks and cottons from the
Middle East. Velvets were imported from Italy. The materials worn by the
Nobility came in a variety of different colors. The dyes used for coloring
these clothes were expensive. The red dye came from a Mediterranean insect
which provided a bright scarlet color.
Cheap Material & Fabrics
The Elizabethan Lower
Classes had to wear clothing made of wool, linen and sheepskin however, silk, taffeta and
velvet trimmings were allowed. Not only were the fabrics
strictly restricted but also the colors.
Slashing Material & Fabrics
The limitations of dress
and clothing led to a new fashion being created. Both men and women began
to slash their clothes. The slash or cut in the outer surfaces of garments
(doublets, sleeves and gowns) exposed the contrasting color of the linings
beneath. The linings would be pulled through the slash and puffed out to
further emphasize the contrast of colors, fabrics and materials.
Common Elizabethan Material &
The following fabrics and
materials were common during the Elizabethan era:
Brocade, Buckram, Calico, Cambric, Canvas,
Corduroy, Cypress, Damask, Felt, Flannel, Gauze, Grogram, Holland, Lawn,
Linen, Lockram, Plush, Russet, Sarcenet, Satin, Shag, Silk, Tabbinet,
Tabby, Taffeta, Tiffany and Velvet
Elizabethan Material & Fabrics used in Elizabethan Era Clothing
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