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Celtic attire of the past was all made out of materials that, unfortunately, broke down over the centuries. These materials, such as linen and wool, made for many spectacular articles of clothing, which can only now be re-constructed from information found on stone carvings, and in stories and written descriptions. There were many styles of dress worn by the men and women of the Celts, such as the leine–a tunic-like garment that many women and men would wear. Cloaks were also a popular choice of the time period, and accessories were popular for both sexes. At Celticgarb, there is much information gathered on the clothing styles of the Celts, as well as a link here on the website that shows the different styles of Celtic borders that were embroidered on the clothing. At Romancereaderatheart , a large glossary of medieval terms, including clothing for both sexes, is explained in detail.
For a look at some of the oldest drawings of Celtic clothing, as well as other information, visit Housebarra . At Doyle the traditional Celtic dress is explained, and Celtic Dress of the 16th Century gives details on the dress of the 16th century Scots-Irish. To learn about the dyeing of the clothes, who did it and why, visit Kevinwafer.
In the days of the ancient Celts, there were many different tribes. The way a person was dressed could indicate which tribe he or she came from. For more information on the Scots-Irish tribe, visit Electricscotland. For a history lesson and stories of the ancient Celts, go to Celtic Resourses and Realmagick. To see a map of the various Celtic tribes, the website of Gallica offers much information. Finally, an excellent article about all things Celtic–including their feasts, arts, clothing and economy, can be read at Celticcallings.
Celtic clothing has of course been changed by modern hands, and there are many variations on the types of clothing that was worn centuries ago. For ideas on modern clothing of today, go to Ancient Circles and Scotweb. For information on making your own Celtic clothing, you can again visit the informative website of Gallica. The website Artman offers many different links to modern Celtic clothing, as well.