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A hint more coloure, can I dare?

There are a few things in the reenactors life, that he or she wants to have immediately after seeing. Only you need to get past your own and your fellow reenactors doubts and see a little more evidence.

The initial hint was 3 Austrian pictures from the Concordantiae caritatis from Lilienfeld around 1349 and from 168 from Graz in 1336. One shows Kruseler edged veils with striped ends during bleaching them with sulfur vapors, the other one a servant (?) and a finer woman with blue striped veils.

     (With friendly permission from Imareal)

I remembered the Burgos veil finds, which also contained stripes on silk veils. But is that an option for simple women?

The idea was newly awoken during the time while I tripped over pictures from the 15th century featuring striped veils and turbans.

But the deciding impuls I got from studying northern italian painters from the 14th century. In this region, the striped veil seems to have been a very common model in all social ranks of women. Simple stripes, but also intricate patterns which made me think of the perugia fabrics. Some even seem to be woven with gold threads, reminding me again of the Burgos finds which have gold threads in them for looks but supposedly also for stability.

The uses of these striped veils can be seen on many ranks of women, servants, midwifes, noblewomen and even richly decorated Madonnas. Here I put together a Pinterest collection wit a lot of pictures of striped, coloured embroidered and otherwise decorated veils from mostly Italy, but also Sweden, France and Spain. I could even find two further  Austrian examples. Since medieval Vienna is directly on the main trade-route from Venice to Prague, Italy has an explicit influence on the local culture, so I think it is safe to recreate that, especially since I have local proof from the time as well.


I decided to get a simple white handwoven scarf with blue stripes since these are to be seen the most on simple women. Interesting btw: many of the painted veils have fringe on their ends. So I decided to have that as well.



Well yes, and that is the result. Practical, easy to wrap and perfect for over my coif.






PS: I did not get involved in a brawl, I just have a massive blister on my lip.