A Woman in a Dress - 12th Century, with Long and Hanging Sleeves

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“At different times during the middle ages extraordinarily long, pendant sleeves were in use, sometimes reaching the ground, and at other times a mere band or strip of stuff, single or double, hung from the arm, and was generally called a hanging sleeve, although the actual sleeve was independent of it.” —Whitney, 1889

Illustration of a woman from the 12th century wearing a traditional dress with hanging sleeves. She is holding a small branch with leaves on it. She is wearing a ring headpiece. The illustration is from Viollet-le-Duc’s “Dictionary du Mobilier francais.”


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5691


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