Detail in the ornamental text of the opening words of
St Mark's Gospel f. 130R
from the
Book of Kells

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Detail from Folio 130 R in The Book of Kells, c.AD 800. A man wearing a round-necked jacket with fitted sleeves and ankle-length trews held taut with instep straps.

The trews end just above the ankle-bone and have a strap going under the foot, making them like modern stirrup pants. There is a line right under the knees that may represent a garter. (McClintock, Old Irish Dress, p. 5; Dunleavy, p. 21, 22)
Dunleavy, Mairead. Dress in Ireland. New York, New York: Homes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 1989
McClintock, H. F. Old Irish Dress and that of the Isle of Man. Dundalk, Ireland: Dundalgan Press (W. Tempest) Ltd., 1950.
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