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Simple coif/cap

I made this simple cap after several depictions and the cut of the Saint Birgitta’s coif, which I would like to use as a day to day piece, alone for work or under different veils, hoods and scarfs. Actually it is quite stupid I did not have one for so long since it is so practical!

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Unfortunately, though braided hair is very nice for attatching veils, scarfs and co, but always can be seen through the fabric and makes these “sausage”-like knots under the veils, which I have never seen in original pictures. With this solution I can keep my hair loosely braided in the back, they can not disturb me while working and the coif makes a great base for any attatchements.

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Different from the St Birgitta’s coif, I did not put in an embroidered seam in the middle since I really have not seen that a lot in the original pictures and I wanted something not really related to the omnipotent Maciejowski-Bible/Morgan Bible but as in the pictures from the 14 century.

It is a bit too long in the back, but you can not see that when I wear it bound tightly. That will be something to change in my next try.

For the reconstruction I very much recommend “Medieval Clothing and Textiles”, Volume 4, in which you also find a nice pattern. But you will also find several tutorials online in the style of the St Birgitta coif.

You can see a picture of loose ribbons bound in the front here

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