re: Persian headgear
There's quite a variety of heargear options to choose from in Persian
costume. As with any costuming, it depends on time. So I'll speak in
general. The easiest and most common option is a simple veil which usually
falls mid-back, sometimes it is shorter. One can wear it "wimple" style or
fold the corners up so your ears show. Sometimes a band is worn across the
forhead and tied at the back of the head over the veil. Another variation
is kerchiefs that were worn with an end point sticking up--you would need to
look at an illumination to see what I mean as it sounds rather odd just
describing it. The veils come in a mulititude of colors, but mostly white,
and the kerchiefs are commonly patterned. The fabric used would have been
silk, but I sometimes use cotton (which persians would have had access to
as it was grown and used to make cloth in India).
Women commonly wore their hair in braids. The ladies would add braids of
silk to their hair to make it appear longer.
There are several hat options for women. As with the veils, I would suggest
that you review some of the persian illuminations in order to choose a
Please email me if you need any more information.