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Girdle: ante-1100
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Furnished Anglo-Saxon graves of the 5th to 7th centuries indicate that the clothing of both sexes was confined by a belt or girdle. The positions of buckles suggest the belt could be worn at the waist, or lower, at the hip, but not high beneath the breasts. Buckles could be placed centrally or at one side or even, in rare cases, at the back. Leather often survives attached to buckles and strap ends, and though many of the examples preserved in museum collections have not been analysed, recent research suggests that the skin of any animal that could be slaugh…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Girdle: ante-1100”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_340>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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