Standing Collars in the 1300’s?

So as I have been going over the images in the Codex Manesse I have noticed robes, not cloaks I think, that have these standing collars. I have included the pictures I’ve been studying in this post. In some cases they are the same color as the robe and others the are different colors. I am not sure if these are hoods, which they very well may be, or something entirely different. The drape at the shoulders and the general shape lead me to believe that these must be seperated hoods like so many people in the SCA and at ren faires wear.

I was slightly confused at first I have to admit. The neckline of this particular piece of clothing is standing up so I wondered if this was something other than a hood. In the image to the right the hood is blue over the red robe that is worn by the man. Many of the illuminations are of men wearing this item and are in a three-quarter pose so that you can’t see what the back is like. As a designer I love three-quarter poses so you can see front and side details however there are times when a rear view is excessively handy. The image to the left has a full side view of a separate hood and it looks like it may have what I took to be a standing collar. I have added two images below That also show the item I’m puzzling out. I am nearly certain that it is in fact a hood, the more I look at it.

I do find it interesting that none of these hoods, if that is what they are, have the bib-type base that we tend to see on people in current re-enactments. Of course these are earlier depictions than hose we are used to seeing. I’m still not quite sure if these are meant to be separate articles of clothing or sewn directly onto the cloak or garment. I will just have to keep digging!

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