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Medieval Women's Hoods
THE SHAPE OF HOODS - HOOD CLOSURES - FABRICS
Medieval hoods were an item of clothing worn by both upper and lower classes. Primarily used for warmth out of doors, both women's and men's hoods were essentially the same style and pattern, changing only a little over the course of the middle ages.
of the hood
The basic shape of the medieval hood was
little more than a square for the head attached to a semicircle for
the shoulder cowl. Variations on this basic shape gave the hood its
definition over the next few centuries. The square shape of the head
covering part of the hood became elongated at the front and a small
gore was cut into the lower portion which was used for adding in as
a gore over the shoulder to provide a rounded fit.
In the earlier centuries, hoods were looser and larger, but into the 14th and 15th centuries, women's hoods became smaller, had shorter cowls and were tighter fitting around the face.
Silk and silk velvet were both fabrics
which were unavailable to many and expensive for all. If one was wealthy
but could not afford the enormous cost of a silk garment, one might
be able to afford the much smaller amount of fabric required for a silk
or velvet hood. Consumers in the upper echelons of society might choose
a fine, bright-coloured silk outer lined with wool for warmth.
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