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1000 CE Male Byzantine Tunic 1

Title: 1000 CE Male Byzantine Tunic 1
Entry #: GGB2021.026
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Year: 1000 CE
Time range: 700-1083 CE
Era: Early Medieval
Gender: Male
region: Eastern Europe/Middle East
Countries/cultures: Byzantine
Difficulty: 1
Confidence: Image examples


Clothing from the outskirts of the Byzantine empire, multi layered and richly decorated tunic garments consisting of layers of dresses and robes


Inspired by the founding Roman cultures, Byzantine garments tended to be layers of tunics made from finely woven and often rich fabrics decorated with embroidery or appliques.  Often worn with a cloak called a Chlamys

Multiple layers of rich garments would show the wealth of the individual.  Fabrics were lighter and finer in weave, assuming to be linens and silks.  

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Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Fine Fabrics
    • Linens
    • Silks
    • Solid colors embellished with embroidered decorations or appliqued shames rather than designs that were woven in
  • Ornamentation:

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • cottons
    • linen blends
    • some fine polyester/blends for silk effects, but the poly blends have many drawbacks
  • Ornamentation:

Ensemble Components

  • outer wide sleeved robe
  • under tunics of various colors

  • hats of various styles
  • shoes or slippers


  • worn with roman inspired cloak called a chlamys and various hats


Version: 3
date: 3/6/2021
Source of Period Pic: Meister der Kahriye-Cami-Kirche in Istanbul
 Mosaiken der Kirche Kahrié-Djami in Istanbul, Szene: Märtyrer
Model: Donald MacDonald 020213-08
Photographer: Vincent De Vere

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