Much like today, the clothes that one wore in medieval times signified the wearer's social status.
The clothes of peasants were made from rough, homespun cloth that was often itchy and uncomfortable. And, since a few members of this class possessed more than one change of clothing, and bathing was not a common practice, they were often soiled, smelly and vermin infested as well.
The medieval clothing of the merchant and landownng classes on the other hand, were often made of smooth and luxurious fabrics that were expensive to purchase and hard to find – such as Egyptian cotton, which had to be shipped a significant distance. In fact, quite often, these folks wore their wealth on their backs, as there were few items that disposable income could be used to purchase. (And, in times of economic hardship, these clothes could in fact be sold to others.)
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