Forehead Cloth

1600-1625 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, embroidered with white linen thread
Physical Description
A whitework forehead cloth embroidered in chain and ladder stitch, French knots, and cutwork
Credit line
Bequeathed by Miss C. M. Slee
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.57A-1947

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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