The jupon is the heraldic over garment of the knight. It is always worn above the armour.
Most of the time it showed the heraldic blason of its wearer, or the blason or colours of the town, lord, group or party
to which one depended on.
The jupon actually performs two tasks. First is to cover most of the body and therefore
the armour. This prevents the weather to have too much influence on the combatant. It hinders the sun to heat up
the armour too much, and it also greatly wards off the rain to reach the armour beneath, thus preventing rust.
Second, and actually more important, does the jupon show the colours or blason of the wearer.
It can be easily said that it worked as some kind of "reversed camouflage". The purpose was to attract attention, to
clearly show who you were, and to impress the adversary.
The knightly jupon we show here has its wearer's blason on the front side, as well as
on the back side. It doesn't have any sleeves, just reaches below the knees and has splits on its front and back
to enable horse riding. The smaller splits on the sides are there to ease wear during walking or riding. The
shoulderpieces are the ailettes, which we cover on the following page.
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