The semiology of caps
Posted by John W on April 26, 1998 at 03:40:08:
In response to Does all married women wear those horrid white caps? , written by Constanza on April 24, 1998 at 18:07:36
simply would have refused!
The TV productions are anachronistic. Unmarried womwn did not cobver their hair, though once you had decided that you would not marry, you might adopt a cap. Married women wore caps or hats indoor and out except on formal social occasions when jewellrery might substitute, widows wore caps with long streamers which gradually got more attenuated, it being a nice judgment as to how quickly you could reduce the severity of your mourning and the length of your weepers to indicate your return to society.
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