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Barbette

Price:: $9.95

 

 

 

 

  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • Made in 100% Lightweight Linen
  • All interior seams fully enclosed
  • One size fits all
  • Size is to be completely adjustable and meant to be closed with a pin
  • Fits up to 32" head circumference (measured vertically around head)
  • Barbette can be used to secure all Veils, Women's Hats, Hoods and Decorative Fillet with Veils Pins
  • Color: White
  • Price: $9.95

Barbette worn with our Linen Rectangular Veil

About our Barbette 

 

In the Middle Ages, the well-dressed (and well-behaved) lady did not run about town with her head completely uncovered like a maid. Even if she decided to forgo any sort of elaborate headdress, she would be adorned with the simple veil. Throughout the period veils came in both oval and rectangular configurations, which could be worn in a wide variety of ways - both alone or with wimples, barbettes, or any number of different headdresses and hats. We have replicated both shapes in lightweight linen, and generously sized them to create an elegant, flowing look. For more formal wear, we offer both a barbette and a wimple to be worn with the veil. The barbette's origin has been attributed to Eleanor of Aquitaine in the mid-12th century, and was a simple band of cloth used to secure a veil or hat, worn vertically around the head and fastened closed with a pin.

 

Photo Gallery 

 

 

   

Left: Barbette worn with our Oval Veil and Blue Linen Backlaced Gown

Center: Barbette worn with our Oval Veil and Turret Hat

Right: Barbette worn with Silk Oval Veil

 

Colors and Fabrics 

White only

 

Size Chart 

 

One Size- fits up to 32"

 

Our Design 

 

 

Historical Inspirations 

 

Drawing from the Manesse Codex circa 1305-1340 in Heidelberg University Library, no. 848, Heidelberg, Germany Drawing after a detail in the Hockham Bible MS Add.47682, f.6 circa 14th century in the British Library, London, England Drawing after a detail in the Cathedral Treasure circa 1300 Minden, Germany

 

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