In a message dated 4/2/2002 3:15:42 AM Central Standard Time,
> I was told it was supposed to show that you are/were a prostitute.
> Also heard the jewish women had to wear one with a yellow stripe to
> show they were jewish.
I suspect those are both "in Zagreb between 1396 and 1398" references which
have been over-extrapolated. ;-)
I have a friend whose persona is a Jewish woman living in the Ottoman empire
during the 16th century. She tells me that the Ottoman Turks attempted to
enforce a veil colour-coding for the women of the different religions in the
empire. The effort didn't last more than a few years, in part because the
Jewish women, when assigned yellow, seem to have said "whoopee! this means
we can wear cloth of gold veils!" which was not quite the effect the Turks