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Offline songbird2353

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Renaissance working womens' head coverings
« on: May 23, 2016, 02:34:34 PM »
This is partly a question, and mostly a space for debate!

Speaking as one the peasant-y types on this site, how do you keep your hair covered and out of the way while playing a lower class character? Muffin cap? Two-piece coif? One-piece coif and forehead cloth? Biggins? Additional flat hat? What do you folks wear and why do you like it?

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Offline isabelladangelo

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Re: Renaissance working womens' head coverings
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 03:19:26 PM »
It depends on what region the rest of my dress is.  Italian - I just put my hair up in braids around my head and that's it.  I don't cover my head for that unless I need a straw hat for sun protection.  Rarely, I'll use a veil on the back of my head but that's more for upper class stuff.   English- I use the style of coif they actually used in period.  Here is one I did years ago.  I use a plain one for lower class garb.  The muffin cap is pretty much a modern invention as it's currently worn.  I've never heard of a two piece coif.  A biggins is a coif. 

If I'm doing upper class or it's a very sunny day, I will wear another hat over my coif - either a straw hat for the sun or a tall hat if I'm doing upper class.

 

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