Since making my fist cap in 2009, I have been keeping my eye out for images of these caps in other places/times.
I have found a number of Images from the 14th and 15th century in Italy that greatly resemble the shape and style of the cap suggested by Isis on her blog and in her article of the Cap of St Birgitta in Medieval Clothing and Textiles IV (Dahl, C.L. & I. Sturtewagen, 2008, The Cap of St. Birgitta, Medieval Clothing and Textiles vol. IV, pp. 99-129.). She talks about these plain white caps that can be seen "from the 13th to 15th centuries. Examples are known from Italy, France, The Low Countries, Scandinavia"...
|Maciejowski Bible c 1250 | image from Medieval Silk Work|
Images of this style of cap typically show a white cap that goes in an continuous line from the forehead to the nape of the neck. A loop at the base of the neck is then looped over the head (as seen above) to tension the cap and secure it in place. The length of the loop determines if the loop sits over the bun (as seen in the Maciejowski bible images above) or below the bun.
I have posted some images to more easily compare with the the following images I have collected:
|1508 Girolamo di Benvenuto, |
Portrait of a Young Woman
This young woman is also wearing a sheer veil over her cap.
|1452-66 | Fra Filippo Lippi | Detail of|
Fresco cycle in the Prato Cathedral
|1328; Simone Martina: Detail of|
A Child fallen out his cradle healed by
Blessed Augustine; Sienna
Links and Sources:
-Dahl, C.L. & I. Sturtewagen, 2008, The Cap of St. Birgitta, Medieval Clothing and Textiles vol. IV, pp. 99-129
- Medieval Silk Work - Women's Caps
-More of my Cap of St Birgitta images on Pinterest
My tutorial on how to make the Cap of St Birgitta
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