frances wrote:That site ha given me something to ponder over.
The main comment I would make is that the white bonnet is likely to have been of fine linen, not silk, in those days. So that it could be washed to get rid of the lice, dandruff and grease. After all they did not wash their hair every few days as we do today.
Sarah is a VERY talented costumer. She can turn her hand to any period fashion. And as she is so petite she is able to get a full size costume out of minimal fabric!
I agree the coif should be linen and discussing it with Sarah in the past on a number of occasions she has said it should have been linen as well. She just had silk on hand at the time and wanted to make up the coif pattern as soon as possible!
I would comment that having done Kentwell with limited access to hair washing facilities in the past (not a prob now! I have my own home near by with shower facilities!)
, my hair actually stayed "cleaner" for longer. Modern day environmental factors, I think, causes the hair to get "dirty" faster due to all the pollutions in the atmosphere AND because we DON'T keep our hair covered up as they did then.
I shan't bother getting into the whole "Dirty Tudor is a Myth" mode! I'll leave that to the class I have to write and give, for the summer!
All the best