Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hats, Headscarves, Kerchiefs, and Things on Your Head

Since I'm really really REALLY annoyed seeing women who would in period be wearing hats and hair coverings in period at SCA events with bare skulls, I went into this whole project to really make wearable peasant or working class garb from top to bottom. I fudged the underwear, but we'll talk about that later.

Pieter Brueghel the Elder's paintings are distinctive in their portrayal of peasant head gear, especially on women. Often in a Brueghel painting, the brightest eye-catching areas are those where a blindingly white kerchief (for lack of a better name) is atop a lady's head.

So here they are:

Some headgear from Aertsen:

Holbein's paintings are much more aimed at the wealthy upperclass and nobility, so I have left him off here because the headdresses are quite a bit different.