Ever watch those runway shows on the tele? Designers come up with all sorts
of wacky headcoverings. Look at our teens, and the styles they come up with.
I would surmise the same thing occured--perhaps with a tad more
restraint--in the middle ages.
I agree with you. I have long beleived the padded roll and it's relatives,
were a fashion derived from returning crusaders stories. Who knows, (or will
ever know) if it began as a plumper than usual headrail. We know they
(headrails) grew up, in height; why not grow out as well? Every face shape
has a hatshape, or maybe the "lateral width" fashion drove the turban shape.
As far as wrapped or formed, I have pictures of both. Do keep in mind the
medium used for representation. Paintings and sculptures can't always be
taken verbatum. I know I've not helped to answer any questions here.
Millinery is a very individual and personal thing. I just had to put a plug
in for my theory....that you can do whatever you like, and can rationalize,
if the end product looks period!
Barony of Forgotten Sea, Calontir