Leine Celtic Chemise
Celtic women: Fierce? Seductive? Proud? Mystical? Maddening?
All of the above. Cross them at your peril. Larger than life, daring and determined, they’ve inspired countless songs and legends.
Their signature fashion: the extravagance of the Renaissance leine, the wide-sleeved chemise designed to flaunt as much fine linen as possible. Old King Henry, that famous conqueror of women, tried to tell the Irishwomen how much linen could go into their leines. They laughed at him and did exactly as they pleased.
Our leine features a full 10 yards of muslin, with soft cotton elastic at the neck and wrists. The long sleeves have drawstrings to adjust their length for your convenience.
Cleaning instructions: Wash in water from a Holy Well, scold until dry. Don leine, steal neighbor’s cattle.
Broadcloth: Cotton/polyester blend, shirtweight. Does not wrinkle, shrink or fade. Permanent press (warm wash, tumble dry low heat, remove promptly). Black, red, burgundy, navy, hunter, brown.
Brocade: Cotton plus various synthetic fibers, with same-color woven patterns, which will vary. Sturdy weight. Dry clean. Blue, hunter, burgundy.
Canvas: Also called Duck Cloth. Stout cotton fabric with a coarse weave. Black, white, red, brown, or hunter green. Will fade like jeans. Cold wash, tumble dry low heat or line dry.
Fleece: Synthetic with velour-like drape; popular for outerwear. Good, practical substitute for wool. Black, burgundy, hunter green. Check for color availability before ordering; can vary with season. Washable, but dry cleaning is recommended to preserve the shape of capes.
Muslin: Garment-quality, 100% cotton (not coarse utility muslin). Cold wash, line dry recommended. White or natural.
Poplin: A cotton/polyester blend that does not wrinkle, shrink or fade. Heavier than shirtweight. Permanent press (warm wash, tumble dry low heat, remove promptly). Black, red, burgundy, navy, hunter.
Suede Cloth: A heavy, woven suede-like cloth of 100% polyester. Dry cleaning recommended.
Wool: A natural fiber from sheep; wool blends include man-made fibers of various kinds. Holds colors well. Dry cleaning is recommended, but may be hand washed in cold water and dried flat. Do not wring. Never use hot water or a dryer. For seasonal storage, clean first and use the moth repellent of your choice.