Reading 23a: On the Vestarer
The abbot, on the advice of the prior and good men, shall instate a Vestarer. He shall be in charge of the repository, where the clothes of all the brothers are kept, since it is not permitted for anyone to have his own chest, unless in the special case of someone, who has received permission from the abbot The garments of each person shall bear his own sign. He shall exact from the steward all the things pertaining to his office in such a good time and he shall provide for the needs of each person so quickly, that no brother may be compelled to complain for any deficit. Uniformity is to be observed in the clothing of all in cost, color, weave, cut and other respects as much as possible. Shoes should not be too tight, nor pointed; the clothes should not exceed the length of the body of each person. Stockings are to be large, and sleeves [should be] wide and the length of the arm; the hood is to be ample.
Each person who is lacking [something], shall require from the Vestarer what he needs, and the Vestarer himself shall give it as quickly as possible. He ought to give clothes for washing under certain number, and ought to receive them back washed in the same number, of the dormitory as well as of the infirmary. The garments he receives back, which are timely to have at his disposal every day, he shall distribute to the brothers right away, such as the rochets and things of that sort, and he shall place the rest in his repository. The garments over which he presides of all the brothers, he shall have fixed and re-mended when it is necessary, and he shall distribute them only as long as they can truly be worn. He ought to give out shoes, when those without any need them, and have them repaired and refitted when it is necessary. Each year, the Vestarer ought to give to each of the brothers three pairs of shirts and drawers and two rochets and one hooded cloak. And if anyone needs more of the items mentioned above, he shall give him more. If, however, the person has ruined or lost them through his own fault, he shall be punished. And if anyone requires less, he shall take less. Every two years he shall give one overcoat and one undercoat and a pair of clothes, and every three years, one fur lining. Similarly (he shall hand out) at a greater interval blankets of fox pelt or cat pelt or sheep fleece. Wild cats, rabbits, genets and more expensive (furs) shall not be used in clothing or blankets. He ought to provide morning boots or other necessary things, when necessary. Regarding himself he ought to have rain-hoods and huessellos(coats?) and over-tunics for riding, (cut) from saga (blanket cloth) or a not too expensive black cloth. The brothers ought not to put on the over-tunics in the cloister, and going outside their proprisia they shall not carry [clothes] for the outside. On the vigil of Easter a coat and hood are to be given to each of the canons. On the eve of Saint Remi, they are to be given linen clothes and goat-fleece capes. On the feast of All Saints, they are to be given two pairs of shoes, in Gallic that is to say 'chausons'.