> I am the Chatelaine for Silver Desert. A newcomer, that has just
> become a new member (yeah!), came to my house with a picture of the
> dress, and hat, she hopes to make for 12th Night. The gown is no
> problem, but I'm hopeless with hats. I have placed the picture in my
> Photo Album "Aeschine", in the hopes that someone may know the answer
> to her question. Specifically, a loop seems to rest on her forehead,
> she believes it to be metal, my husband suggests it is ribbon, I
> remain clueless.
This is one of the images from the Roses tapestries at the Cluny, and I
believe, taken from my own webpages
> based on the cropping,
which is fine, but it's important to see the whole thing when possible.
The hat is often called a butterfly hennin; these are usually based on
a truncated cone shape, with wires supporting the veils. What the loop
is about, is a great debate.
Consensus so far is that it is not directly functional, although past
costume historians belived that it served as some sort of a
counterweight. Those of us who have tried this style know that it would
have to be several pounds to counterweight the veiling, if it provided
the main counterweight.
Many SCA costumers have given this style a try. I have some webpages
and I'm sure others will recommend their favorites.
-- about butterfly hats in
-- about that black loop
A side note: when you work on the dress, be sure that it is very long.
The ones in the tapestry are easily a foot longer than the floor. Your
new person may not be able to deal with one that long, but make it as
long as she can manage, or else it will look odd.
Cynthia Virtue and/or
Cynthia du Pré Argent
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world is made for right-handed people (85-90% of the world is
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