Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion - Research Article from Arts and Humanities Through the Eras

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Guilds and Confraternities

Group Identity and Controlled Commerce.

Guilds and confraternities were an essential phenomenon of life in the early thirteenth and later centuries.

Cloth merchants showing wares. Book of statutes of Siena Drapers Guild, 14th century. THE ART ARCHIVE/MUSEO CIVICO BOLOGNA/DAGLI ORTI. Cloth merchants showing wares. Book of statutes of Siena Drapers Guild, 14th century. THE ART ARCHIVE/MUSEO CIVICO BOLOGNA/DAGLI ORTI.

They played an important role in the development of the cloth trades and in the consequent rise of fashion in all of its social and aesthetic ramifications. For example, although religious confraternities allied to a particular church or shrine were chiefly organized for the purpose of mutual spiritual and social support, they also played a role in the development of fashion. Their rules and charters designated a particular costume to be worn at meetings to identify members and give a feeling of community. Members prayed together and for each other; they provided mutual financial support and comfort in times of illness and...

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