[lightbox link=”http://www.pilloledistoria.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20120719_bra-300×172.jpg” thumb=”http://www.pilloledistoria.it/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/20120719_bra-300×172.jpg” width=”300″ align=”center” title=”The bra, template “bag for breast”, myself Lengberg” frame=”true” icon=”image” caption=”The bra, template “bag for breast”, myself Lengberg”]In July 2008, in the course of the renovation of the Lengberg Castle, in Austria, They were found inside a closet, some female underwear garments dating from the late '300 and early' 400, findings proved crucial to understand some aspects of the clothing and the daily lives of women of that time.

Besides a couple of underwear similar to today's thong (http://www.pilloledistoria.it/2655/medioevo/biancheria-intima-medievale-donne-indossavano-mutande-ciclo-mestruale), they were found four pieces for the covering of the upper part, demonstrating how the ladies of the time not only customarily would use a bra, but it was also different in different models, suitable for different needs and opportunities.

Two of the clothing found in Lengberg, the battered, seem to correspond fully to those that some ancient sources define “shirts for bags“, halfway between a short shirt, that reached just below the bust, and a true and proper bra; it seems that it had primarily meant to contain some breasts’ too powerful, making them less noticeable.

The other two found intimate garments are strikingly similar to modern ones, or a “bag for Breast“, almost identical to a brassiere today, it's a “corsage” Linen to hold back; it's very coy and female models, embellished with lace, that unlike the others mentioned above, probably had the opposite order, namely to highlight the breast and to put as much as possible at a glance.

Even based on what we can learn from the written sources it, in the Middle Ages held a bra dual function, contenitiva the most widespread and appreciated, merely aesthetic and pomp of the other physical attributes, chosen by some women “brave” despite the general disapproval and easy irony that it aroused among the people, especially male (photo www.letteradonna.it, video from www.youtube.it