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Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Costumer's Manifesto: The 16th Century Part 3

knitted boy’s hat via The Museum of London

“Boy’s circular knitted cap with a brim decorated with slashes. The wool has turned brown with age. Knitted and felted caps of this type were worn by London’s business and working communities. They were designed to be warm and waterproof. A range of styles and qualities were available to suit the taste and pocket of the customer. This cap has a decoratively slashed brim, a style that was especially popular. Bright colours such as blue or red were common, as were black and dark brown.”

knitted mitten via The Museum of London
“Knitting appears to have become common only in the 1500s, but then it rapidly increased in popularity. It was a new activity in working people’s lives and soon also became a valuable source of income for many. This knitted child’s mitten is a rare survival. It is knitted from the top of the finger-pouch in the direction of the wrist and decorated with three rows of black wool in a simple pattern around the wrist. Poorer people could find a bargain at the second hand clothes dealers-‘fripperers’- in Houndsditch, but many relied on home-knitted woollen clothes. This garment offers an insight into how children were protected from the cold.”
jerkin ca. 1570-1580

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