1) A type of cloth of variegated colours or shades.
1388 Pur j gowne de bloy mottelay, Calverley
1394 ‘Thomas of Gare 5 blewe moteley cloths and 2 grene moteley and 1 russet moteley’, York: John de Thornton was a York clothier who featured regularly in these accounts, possibly the John Thornton motlemaker who was made a freeman in 1407. It remained a popular fabric: 1455 ac totum apparatum sive ornamentum altaris de motley, York
1517 a lome to wyrk motley in, York
1527 to Thomas my son my motteley jackett, Sherburn in Elmet
1545 my best shert my motley jacket, Marrick.