Re: [SCA-Milliners] Turbans
- Hi Folks,
I wear turbans with the mid 15th-cent short-sleeve kirtles that go under
houppelandes (if one is being fancy). I don't think I've yet seen
pictures of Burgundian houps with turbans, though; can you point me
towards the pictures you're thinking of? Sounds interesting.
These days, my turbans are copied from the one I bought from Black Swan
two years ago: 5 yards of fabric 1' wide, with a little T section in the
very middle that helps anchor the wraps. The ones for fancy are linen,
the ones for everyday are cotton gauze, ironed.
I've also heard the "returning crusaders" source, and am willing to
believe it, since the timing works fairly well. I wrap mine by putting
the middle over my forehead, and wrapping one circuit with each side,
alternating, until I'm done. I tuck the ends in, and then tuck the T
bit over the back wraps and up under the wraps at the back of my neck.
The Van der Weyden painting of the seven sacraments, center panel, shows
a partially wrapped version; I think they were put directly on the head,
rather than on some sort of base. Might have been pinned to braids as
well, but mine seem to work ok without any anchor other than tension.
This week, I'm working on the middle-class caul arrangement that's
entirely covered with white linen, but looks a bit like a horned
"hennin." I haven't tried this one before, but it will go with my
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- 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