Monday, January 6, 2014, 1:08 PM
Late 14th century ladies' headdresses – the basics

Many of the haircuts we wear today do not correspond well with medieval reenactment. This is not a problem, even for those not having a waist-long and wrist-thick braids :)

1.
The 'St Birgitta's Huva' or 'St Birgitta's Cap' is a great foundation for many of the 14th century styles (it can be easily found in 13th century sources, too). It is the best substitute for the 'turban'. It's even easier to put on and comfier to wear. The artifact (the real St Birgitta's Cap) is in Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm as far as I know, and it can be found in art made as far from Sweden as Italy. That gives me reason to assume that it was known in most of Europe.
You can find many instructions on how to make a Birgitta's cap on the web, so I will skip that part. Here's just a link to it's most probable pattern (in my opinion): http://www.pinterest.com/pin/313140980312295589/
You can wear it without any cover for most of the time and on informal occasions.

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On this pic I look a bit stupid cause I've put on The Cap without a mirror..  

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so there's the second photo to show you how it looks when worn properly (on this one I have 2 small cushions which I use when I want to add some volume to my hair – it can be worn without them).

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2.
As soon as you stop chopping wood and gutting poultry, you can get yourself transformed into a respectable lady in just a few quick moves ;) All you need is three pins and a round, rectangle or D-shaped veil (I love the D-shaped ones, cause they give you a choice – you can wear it with the straight edge or with the round edge on the front). Just pin it to the Birgitta's cup on the top of your head and on the both sides above the ears and you're good to go :)

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3.
The third and the last solution (among the basic ones) is for those who want (or should) look dignified. And still it's much simpler than it looks. First put on the Birgitta's cap. Then prepare the wimple (I use a rectangular kerchief 60 x 75cm). Put the middle of the longer edge on your chin and pin its upper corners to the top at the back of your head (I mean to the Birgitta's cap :) ) – one strong pin should be enough. You can also pin it on the sides above the ears. The rest goes exactly the same as in paragraph 2 – put a veil over it and pin it with 3 pins. Voila! Pretty as a picture :)

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I hope that this helps :) Cheers!