medieval pics and paintings | Associate Professor of the History of Art at Penn
Nativity with shepherds from the Antiphoner
These women are wearing roc and bliaut styles form the Early 12th Century. note the extremely long pendant sleeves (large funnel shaped sleeves that are cut "in one" with the dress). These dresses fit fairly smoothly through the torso and generally close on one side with eyelets and lacings. The other time period indicator is the length of the ladies' hair. Long braids were very common amongst women of all ages during this time period. Often ribbons were woven into the braids.