Polish Hussar Supply Plus
One of the biggest voids we have in the Eastern
European Reenacting and Living History hobby today is
that of average common folk. In the Polish - Lithuanian
Commonwealth that would mean 'peasants', 'townsfolk' and
These would be the bulk of the citizens of the
Commonwealth in both the rural countryside, villages and
small towns. They would not be from the ranks of the
nobility such as the Husaria cavalry, Pancerni Cossacks or
even the Light cavalry who were often poorer nobles.
So I asked our seamstress and designer in Belarus to come
up with a basic line of clothing for men and women.
Kits can be altered a bit depending on the time period,
region of the Commonwealth or neighboring lands as well
as the economic means of the person you are portraying.
Hard working farms who sometimes owned or rented their
own lands or would work on the great estates of the
nobility as farms and care takers.
Most of their clothing would be from homespun fibers and
materials like linen, felt and wool. Peasant shoes like
postoly, lychaky and khodaky - a little like moccansins,
would often be from birch, linden or willow bark.
Wealthier commoners had leather boots and shoes.
Made their living in villages, small towns and cities as
craftsmen, blacksmiths, laborers, inn keepers, domestic
help and servants as well as wealthier merchants or
adminstrators. Depending on their economic levels their
clothing would be a bit more refined.
Some merchants were locals and some foreigners. Due to
trade with other lands their dress could be more 'western'
or even 'eastern'.
Many cities has local militias of musketeers, usually
raised from the wealthier merchants to guard and protect
Peasants and Cossacks were sometimes drafted in to a
nobleman's infantry units. They could paid in dyed wool
for uniforms and boots, the military could be a way up the
social and economic ladder.
If you would like more info about our cothing kits or just
one piece at a time contact me at:
Or at (603) 218-9443 during regular business hours.
|Andre, as a Lithuanian
infantryman in a light gray
zupan with red linen lining.
White linen trousers and black
magierka felt cap, blue leggings
and black ankle boots.
|These fellows also portray Polish
or Cossack infantrymen in blue
linen zupans with yellow lining,
black linen trousers and black
boots. They are also wearing
rabbit fur kolpaks and fairly
|Peasant Man's Kit
Shirt linen - 79$
Pants wool -119$
Short zupan in wool/linen 519$
or in linen/linen 439$
Magerka cap in wool 99$
in felt 119$
Stockings wool 50$
The costume of the village dwellers of central
part of Commonwealth in 17th Century.
Zupan without a collar with 3 wood buttons is
characteristic for the region. It’s usually of
corse fabric often home spun.
Shirt is linen with a tie or a button at the
Pants of Hungarian type with narrow leg.
Wool stockings over the leg of the pants is
worn with leather postoly (postoly shoes not
|Peasant Girl's Kit
Bonnet of linen 40-60$ depending on quality of
material and decore.
Woman’s long shirt of linen 90$
(with embroidery +30$)
Bodice of wool with linen 360$
(different regions had different color
combinations) linen/linen 320$
Skirt wool 120$ linen 100$
Underskirt with lace ( optional ) 140$
“ Kshtalt” a sleeveless dress was widely used in
PLC and beyond. It was a comfortable everyday
dress for a commoner. To give a woman more
pleasing shape, up to 6 underskirts were often
used. Bodice could be of more expensive fabric
then a skirt and could be a “ status” symbol.
Woman can also wear a female version of man's
Woolen stockings with garters analogous to mans,
same with the footwear.
In cold season can be augmented with a shawl.
Ksztalt was a mandatory part of a girls dowry.