The tunic is the basic medieval costume in the olden times. Tunic comes from the Latin word “tunica.” It can be traced back to the time of ancient Rome although the Romans themselves copied this outfit from the earlier Greek costumes as well.
The tunics were original fashioned using two rectangular cut cloths that were sewn together with holes for the arms and the head. People however learned to make tunics that had sleeves and this was especially helpful to those who lived in the colder parts of Europe.
The length of the tunics worn by people back in those days depended on the kind of life they led. People who were engaged in more active lifestyles such as manual labor and combat had tunics up to their knees so they could move freely. Those who had more sedentary lives wore longer tunics.
Despite the decline of the Roman Empire, the tunic continued to be an everyday medieval costume. During the Middle Ages, wealthy aristocrats sported silk tunics or silk lined ones while the common folk used wool and linen. Some even had elaborate embroidery.
Throughout the Middle Ages, this basic medieval costume had been seen in different styles and fit. As a matter of fact, the tunic was believed to be the precedent for the tunics that religious people use today for mass and similar events.