Leather goods were in abundance during the Middle Ages, Medieval, and Renaissance eras. Here at Deluxe Adult Costumes, we are your source for high-quality, Women’s Medieval and Renaissance Leather Accessories.
On this page, we are featuring leather goods used by both high-born and low-born women during the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
Leather was a widely used commodity for many things during this time period, and when it came to clothing, the finer the leather, the higher the status. Leather clothing accessories were predominantly made from the leather scraps leftover from larger leather projects.
The slaughter of animals for food was an everyday occurrence during the Renaissance and nothing from the animal was ever wasted. Every part of the body was utilized either for food, clothing or something else useful among the people.
The hides were tanned into leather for clothing, shoes, belts, gloves, saddles, armor, tools, and jewelry whilst the fur of the animals was used to make items for warmth such as coats, cloaks, hats, muffs, leggings, and blankets. From the 5th to the 12th century, fur was worn inward for warmth.
The bones of the animals were also used to make buttons, knife handles, sewing needles, jewelry, tools, writing styluses, and eating vessels, only to name a few of the many uses of animal bone.
Sinew from the animal was dried and used as thread whilst the horns from the animals were used as drinking vessels, weapons, buttons, amongst other things.
It wasn’t until the 12th century the upper class began wearing furs turned outside. Men of this era dressed much more elaborate than the women of the time and began using furs as trim on their elaborate robes and surcoats.
Medieval Leather Jewelry
Often ornamental necklaces and bracelets were sculpted from leather for both women and men during the renaissance and the elaborate designs created by the artisans were quite beautiful!
Chokers, collars and wrist bands or bracelets were often made of leather and worn by the lady of the manor to complete her outfit. They were often sculpted with fine jewels embedded into the leather for upper class ladies. Embossing leather with jewels began as early as the 9th century for upper class patrons.
Lady of the Manor Medieval Leather Collar
This Lady of the Manor Medieval Leather Collar is tanned and stained a dark brown.
It was then adorned with an antique casted brass applique and sealed to the center of the collar. The collar has a tooled border as well as an adjustable leather lace.
Wear your best Lady of the Manor Medieval Leather Collar accessory as you entertain the visiting Lords and Ladies from the neighboring estates.
Additionally, it is a fabulous piece to wear to Renaissance Faires or Cosplay events. I like it paired with the beautiful handmade bracelet featured next.
The bracelet is designed by West Hollywood’s Israeli designer, Maor Cohen. It is a woven genuine leather bracelet piece with the addition of a beautiful piece of oxidized sterling silver. I love it as an amazing match for this handmade leather collar piece.
Triple Layer Woven Leather Bracelet
with Sterling Silver Layer
These genuine leather collars can be worn with many different costumes from the Medieval to Renaissance periods. From a Highland Lady to a Lady Archer or Huntswoman. They can dress an outfit up or down depending on how they are worn.
One example is to wear one over a plain peasant shirt with shoulder armor on one arm and a cape draped over the other with a leather quiver full of arrows slung over the shoulder on a wide leather strap.
Another idea is to add to the white chemise of a Highland Lady’s tartan skirt with leather waist cincher, leather arm bands and leather gillie shoes.
Handmade Medieval Leather Collars
Next we have gorgeous handmade leather collar necklaces with amazing handcrafted Celtic metal working pendants.
Women’s Handmade Leather Collar Necklaces
with Celtic Metal Pendants
Women’s Handmade Pebbled Leather Embossed Seashell
Medieval Style Necklaces
Women’s Handmade Medieval Style
Blue Snake Print Leather Seashell Accent Jewelry
Leather decorative chokers are sure to enhance any outfit bound for a Renaissance Faire, a Cosplay event, or a Role Playing Game event.
Handmade Medieval Leather Chokers
Women’s Handmade Medieval Style Leather Bracelets
Medieval Wine Red Genuine Leather Braided Bracelet
Leather Ropes String Wrapped Shell Accent Cuff Bracelets
Leather Ropes Red String Wrapped Shell Accent Cuff BraceletsLeather Ropes Nude String Wrapped Shell Accent Cuff BraceletsLeather Ropes Grey String Wrapped Shell Accent Cuff BraceletsLeather Ropes Black String Wrapped Shell Accent Cuff Bracelets
Women’s Handmade Renaissance Leather Cuff Bracelets
Lady Leather Belt Satchels
Pockets sewn into clothing were virtually an unknown commodity during the Medieval and Renaissance eras, hence purses, satchels, and pouches of various shapes and materials were widely used by people of all classes.
Dragonfly Design Green Leather Belt Pouch
Handcrafted of the finest leather in the USA, this is a beautifully designed pouch of dragonflies fluttering around cattails in a pond scene. The pouch is green with a dragonfly perched on a lily pad button closure. The vendor may be contacted to request a special order in a different color.
Women’s Leather Belt Satchels
Medieval Leather Drawstring Coin Bags
Purses were usually small leather or cloth bags also called aumonieres or alms purses while pouches came in a variety of shapes and were usually attached to the belt. Pouch belts were worn by both women and men. Up until the Renaissance, sachels, pouches, and purses were worn on belts on the outside of a lady’s skirt, however, with the increase of the volumous fabics used in women’s dresses during the Renaissance, women began wearing their cloth purses under their skirts intead.
Soft Genuine Milled Tan Leather Drawstring Money Bag
Made in USA
Historical Medieval Renaissance Faux Leather Coin Purse
Handmade Black Leather with Pewter Accent
Women’s Handmade Genuine Leather Drawstring Coin Alms Pouch Bags
Women’s Piel Genuine Leather Drawstring Pouch Bags
Small Full Grain Leather Drawstring Bags
Women’s Suede Pouches
Featuring a variety of colors and sizes of fair maiden genuine suede leather pouches. Some of the suede pouches are drawstring bags and some are rectangular pouches with fold over flap closures and double loops riveted on the back to wear on a belt. Wear the belts with Middle Age, Medieval, and Renaissance style costumes.
Women’s Highest-Quality Handmade Medieval Style
Suede Leather Drawstring Pouch
Suede Medieval Renaissance Drawstring Bags
Medieval Renaissance Suede Leather Belt Pouches
Handmade Medieval Green & Brown Pebbled Leather Crossbody Gemstone Handbag
Women’s Handmade Medieval Style Crossbody Seashell Accented Handbags
Women’s Leather Belts
During the Middle Ages and the Medieval era, upper class women wore very simple leather ring belts while lower class women wore belts made of cloth if at all.
As time moved along towards the end of the Medieval period into the Renaissance era, belts for women became much more elaborate. Upper class women of court wore highly elaborate jeweled or fur leather accessories.
Women’s Medieval Black Leather Ring Belt
Women’s Handmade Renaissance Black Leather Belts
Ladies Italian Wide Genuine Cowhide Leather Belts
Renaissance Lady’s Tied Elastic
Lace Up Wide Waist Belts
Renaissance Women’s Wide Embroidered
Genuine Leather Belt
Broad belts, also known as kidney belts, were originally worn by swordsmen and warriors as protection from sword injury to the kidney area. Noblemen of the era, who had never laid eyes on a battle, wore them as a masculine fashion statement to make them appear more virile to the ladies. Ladies wore them as a way to hook on additional leather accessories to free up their hands while working.
These belts are fabulous Renaissance Faire accessories. They have two D-rings on both the front and the back to hang accessories such as ale cups and coin pouches.
Medieval Renaissance Leather Broad Belts
by Armor Venue
Leather Skirt Hikes
Meieval women often wore several skirts layer over one anotherr. The first layer was the undergarment chemise, the second layer was a skirt, and the third layer was an overskirt worn much as we would wear an apron today. The two skirts were often contrasting colors. The purpose of the overskirt was to help keep the underskirt clean. Then the underskirt could be worn longer without washing.
Renaissance Lady’s Brown Top Grain Leather Skirt Hike
Skirt hikes were attached to a lady’s belt and used to hike up the top layer skirt. The skirt could be hiked on just one side or both. With both sides of the overskirt hiked up, the skirt could function like a basket. Produce could be carried in the folds of the skirt from the garden to the table. Eggs could be carried from the hen house to the kitchen and kitchen scraps could be carried from the kitchen to the hen house.
Renaissance Lady’s Black Leather and Pewter Skirt Hikes
Handmade Black Leather Dragon Skirt Hikes Set of 2Handmade Black Leather Celtic Knot Skirt Hikes Set of 2Handmade Black Leather Pentacle Skirt Hikes Set of 2Handmade Black Leather Celtic Heart Skirt Hikes Set of 2
Wenches working in taverns, often hiked one side of their overskirt, using the skirt like a cleaning towel to wipe table spills and dry off dishes and tankards. With both sides hiked they could clear a table of dirty dishes using the overskirt to carry the soiled dishes.
Leather Hair Accessories
Handmade in South Dakota USA
All of the leather hair accessories featured below are hand-tooled and perfect for any lass to wear to a Ren Fest as an accessory to her Medieval or Renaissance costume.
Small Hand-Tooled Celtic Basket Weave Leather Stick Barrette Hair Accessory
Women’s Handmade Leather Celtic Barrette
Adult Medieval Fur Leather Capes
During the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to Colonial time periods, it was not uncommon for men and women to wear animal fur pelts for warmth during harsh winter months. Here we are featuring a few period pieces perfect to wear to Renaissance Festivals, Reenactment events, LARP and RPG events.
Medieval Rabbit Fur Leather Shoulder Capes
Peasant women can wear the capes, as they are shown in the photo, flung over their clothing and tied at the neck. High born upper class women wear fur capes on top of their velvet hooded cloaks for additional warmth.
Women’s Genuine Fur Vests
Fit for Queen Elizabeth, gorgeous fur vests similar to what a royal lady of court would have worn during the Renaissance. Ladies of court usually wore floor length fur vest or surcoats over their exquisite gowns, however, shorter vest were also worn during the Middle Ages to ward off the damp of the castle.
Genuine Fox Fur Vest
Women’s Real Mongolian Lamb and Rabbit Fur Long Vest
Winter Fox Fur Hats
Winter Fur Lined Leather Gloves
Gloves were made during the Middle Ages from leather or knit wool. The leather gloves were made with the fur turned inside for additional warmth in the harsh winters. Unlike the fur lined leather gloves of today, the gloves were not sewn with fingers. They were more like fur lined leather mittens than the winter gloves featured below.
Women’s Brown Lambskin Leather Fur Lined Gloves
Women’s Black Leather Rabbit Fur Lined Gloves
And there you have it. Leather Medieval and Renaissance accessories for women to authenticate the look of your Medieval Renaissance costumes. Wear them with pride to your next Renaissance Faire event.
Keep in mind, there are only three really important things to remember when searching for the right Renaissance Costume Leather Accessories…..
Keep Calm, Have Fun, and Enjoy the Hunt!
We hope you have lots of fun at your next costume event,
but before you leave, be sure to check out all of our absolutely fabulous
Renaissance Ladies Corsets, Bodices and Vests finds.
Additionally, if you need any Men’s leather accessories for your partner,
be sure to visit the Men’s Leather Accessories Archives Page here