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Forehead cloth

Forehead cloth

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen, embroidered with white linen thread

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss C. M. Slee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Like a man's nightcap, a woman's coif and forehead cloth were informal headwear. The forehead cloth was worn under the coif (a small close-fitting cap), and could be decorated to complement it.

In Western Europe it was customary for both men and women to cover their heads outdoors until the 1960s. A hat was an essential part of respectable dress and, from a health perspective, head coverings were considered necessary to protect against chills and disease.

Physical description

A whitework forehead cloth embroidered in chain and ladder stitch, French knots, and cutwork

Place of Origin

England (made)


1600-1625 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen, embroidered with white linen thread

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Hats & headwear; Textiles; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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