Camicia

An undergarment of various soft washable fabrics such as cotton, linen (rensa), and occasionally thin silk or wool (saia) or cotton. This long shirt with amply cut sleeves was worn next to the skin by everyone and formed the major part of a person’s personal linens… Camicie da verno (for winter) are also listed in clothing inventories for children, made of a heavier fabric for colder weather. (Frick, pg. 304)

The chemise, made usually of linen, but occasionally of cotton or silk. In the earlier part of the century, the camicia is a functional washable layer of clothing worn between the skin and the outer woollen or silk garments. However, as the Quattrocento progresses, the chemise, revealed trough slits and slashes down the sleeves and the bodice, and around the neckline, becomes more decorated with embroidered bands around the collar and cuffs. The cut of the shirt was different for men and women. There must have been regional variations also… (Herald, pg. 212)

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