At 1:32 PM -0500 4/26/03, Grace fitzHugh wrote:
>I am looking for easy headcoverings for mid 10th century Ireland.
>Would it be apporpriate for a single woman to wear a simple coif? I
>see Grace as a simple peasant woman who spends most of her time
>working as a tapestry weaver for the lady of the manor when she is
>not working in her own herb garden.
There are some coif-hood-like-things surviving from 10-11th century
Dublin, although it would have been dominated by Norse culture rather
than native Irish culture at that time. They're described in:
Heckett, Elizabeth. 1990. "Some silk and wool head-coverings from
Viking Dublin: uses and origins -- an enquiry" in Textiles in
Northern Archaeology (NESAT Symposium 3) ed. Penelope Walton and
John-Peter Wild. London.
I can't go check the publication at the moment to see how much detail
there is, but the database says there's one in wool and one in silk,
plus a possible silk headband (definitely silk, possibly headband).
If you aren't able to track down a copy, drop me a note and I'll see
about getting a copy to you, or at least a more detailed description.
(I can't promise to be competent at anything for the next month,
though -- it's down to the wire on the dissertation. 476 out of 1500
example sentences glossed!)
Heather Rose Jones