Ancient and Medieval Irish Clothing

brat and leine

Several readers have asked me if I would post pictures of the clothing mentioned in my books. To begin with, this is a photo I scanned from one of my costume books. It’s one of the older styles, and the man is wearing a brat, which was a popular garment that could double as a shawl or cloak. He is also wearing a masculine version of the leine, and in early days the men did not wear the trews or trousers.


This next photo is a color version of an early Irish warrior. You can see the style of cloak and brooch that they wore more clearly here.


Here is another photo of men’s clothing. Try to imagine close-fitting leggings as trews, although they aren’t shown in this view.