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15th Century Lengberg Bra by DaisyViktoria 15th Century Lengberg Bra by DaisyViktoria
An incredible medieval clothing find was recently unearthed at Lengberg Castle in Austria, with clothing dating to the 14th-15th centuries. Among the fragments were some medieval bras, the likes of which we have never seen before. I was so excited that I went ahead and made this one, along with matching panties, based primarily on some underpants from the same find, as soon as it was released to the public. It's all linen with some lace embellishments.

More images are on my costuming site: [link]
And here is my facebook page: [link]
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I love how you have your hair in the pictures, how do you get it to stay like that?
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:iconwhite-tiger-lost-ang:
I was going to ask if you had a tutorial on how to make them...then realised you make costumes to sell so possibly wouldn't do tutorials on how to make the things *blush*
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ArrowDel Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! I've been trying to find something supportive to wear beneath things. This will be a treat, and bonus.... it's even long line! Oooh AND I get to tell nay-sayers to stuff it about bras not existing in medieval days! Thank you so much for sharing this and giving me a direction to look in!
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That looks real comfy :D I was really surprised and excited at the discovery too!
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The bra looks more comfortable than the modern ones
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:icondaisyviktoria:
Haha, yeah, this is quite comfortable! I've always preferred the support and feel of historical foundation garments over popular modern ones. (:
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SynCallio Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It amuses me how much this looks like a modern bra. Yet the lacing at the side would probably fit better and be more comfortable than the elastic bands we put up with. And is there a reason we don't make underwear out of linen? Is it scratchy or something? Because it would be lighter than cotton, wouldn't it?

This is beautiful and very attractive.
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There are different grades of linen textiles, as there are with most fibers. In general, linen is very comfortable though! It also breathes amazingly well. Linen is now a bit more of a higher end fabric due to the price, which is much higher than that of cotton. Linen used to be easier to get than cotton, depending on your location of course, so it was used much more ubiquitously. Linen is one of my favorite fibers!
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JenniferMulkerrin Sep 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
this is so beautiful!!
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Tankitha Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool! Where can I see the pictures of the originals and the article?
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