Dolman Robe

  • Historical Clothing
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

A iconic style of Medieval Dress seen as early as the 8th Century AD, The Dolman would continue until the late 16th Century. The style developed in The Middle East and was exclusively for Men. Generally used as an Outer Garment, they were long and flowing Robes. Dolmans were not cinched or fastened. Younger wearers had a more form fitting Upper component. Dolmans were conservatively decorated, as "excessive designs" were against Muslim Religious values. Dolman were made in both a heavier "Winter" style and a lighter "Summer" version. There spread into Europe centered in Central Europe and The Mediterranean. This was from Commerce and War. The Dolman style was popular with Nobility and Merchants. By the 16th Century, The Dolman was seen as "Oriental" Fashion. The Upper tighter portion of The Dolman was adapted into various Military Uniforms (similar to The 17th Century Pelisse Coat). By the 18th Century, The Dolman had faded from use, with some versions nonetheless used by Central European Nobility.