This calf-length tabard is made of strong cotton fabric. It has a straight cut and side slits up to the waist. The front and back also have a slightly shorter slit in the middle. The classic cross of the Templars is appliquéd on the chest.
The surcoat (also known as a surcoat, surcoat, tappert or surcot) appeared in the 12th century and was worn by knights over armor or mail. First and foremost, it protects the wearer from the sun's rays on the battlefield, and the different color combinations make it clear in the thick of battle who was enemy and who was friend. Surcoats were worn by many Crusaders to identify themselves as Crusaders.
There are numerous depictions of medieval tunics, e.g. in the Maciejowski Bible (also Crusader Bible), a medieval picture Bible from the 13th century, and in the Codex Manesse, a song manuscript from the early 14th century.
The simple, straight cut is typical of the tunic. For an authentic look, we recommend pairing it with a leather belt.