A lady would not go out in just her gamurra and there were many options of over dress for her to wear. A cioppa is one of these options. You can see the glossary page for Cioppa here. There were many variations of this kind of dress but in general they had sleeves and were often open down the front.
This cioppa is made of wool silk blend and lined in linen. It is trimmed in rabbit fur salved from a 1960s fur coat.
The sleeves are a little larger than was fashionable in 1480 but were a popular style 10 or 20 years earlier.
My pink wool cioppa has a fitted bodice and a skirt that has been pleated into the waist.
It is open down the front and the sleeves are sewn in on the top but left open under the arm to give greater arm movement without excess fabric under the arms.
My blue and gold cioppa is made out of a brocade and lined in blue cotton velveteen
It has a long train and gold work embroidery and pearls on the cuff.
I wish I had a nicer photo of this dress but it isn’t practical for the encampment so I don’t have many photo opportunities for this dress.
My green and gold cioppa is made from silk lined in cotton velveteen.
It is based on imagery from Milan and has hanging sleeves slit in the front so I can put my arms through the split, thus showing off two pairs of sleeves at once. I can also tie the sleeves closed and wear my arms through the sleeves. The sleeves I am wearing under this dress are made from gold herringbone silk and I plan on making a cotta from the same fabric.