The Zimarra (fr. Marlotte; nl. and eng. Vlieger; es. Zamarra or Ropa) is a woman’s coat, overgown. The name “Zimarra” may have come from Spain or Portugal (Zamarra), later the same name was given to men’s religious clothing (eng. Chimere). The Zimarra is distinguished by a loose fit and very often without sleeves or with short sleeves, sometimes he meets options with double sleeves or with sleeves that are loosely lowered, and a hand is pulled into the slot. The Zimarra is an outer garment that was often trimmed with fur. Similar clothes were in men’s fashion, but more about that in another post. The Zimarra was popular from the 1540s to the 1620s. Fashion came from Spain, but in the second half of the 15th century, a very similar outerwear was popular in Italy – The Giornea. The main difference between Giornea was the absence of a collar and free slots on the sides.
The Zimarra was worn in different ways: fully open, buttoned, or buttoned up the neck and chest. Fabrics and colors were different, dark and black colors were very popular.