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Written by Mandy N
(11/27/2006 12:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Turban vs. cap, penned by Joan Ellen
I would not be surprised if the terms of 'turban' and 'cap' were used intermittedly in JA's time, hence some confusion for modern JA readers and Regency authors.
On Jessayn's Regency Costume Companion site there is a picture of a lady in a turban, in 1823.
Apparently, Regency 'turbans' were really hats or caps* as they were sewn into shape so you didn't have to wind strips of fabric round your head each time you wore one.
* JA writes in letter 17 on the Mamalouc cap 'which Charles Fowle sent to Mary and, & which she lends me.'
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