18th century Coiffe Grisette or Grand Bonnet Decorative Antique French Traditional Quilted Hat white chintz Regency

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18th century textile ~ Stunning antique French coiffe or head dress! This
wonderful tall hat would have been draped with lace as a part of a woman's
attire at a folk wedding or special ceremony in the southwest coastal area of
France. Most likely this cap originated from between the Ile de Re and Oleron
in France. This coiffe is either what is known as a Grand Bonnet des Charentes,
Capot de Marandaise OR a Grisette de Niort, but there is such a huge variety of
antique coiffe styles in France (especially in this region) that it can be hard
to say for sure! This quilted cap likely dates to the late 18th or early 19th
century! The fabric that this cap is made of is a lovely, aged white cotton and
was hand quilted with LOVELY embroidered detail . ! The coiffe was quilted with
a thick batting of wool ~. This hat would likely have been made by the woman
who wore it. Every detail of this beautiful hat was likely hand made, and the
design choices extremely personal.
Headdresses or coiffes as they are known in French, were important to the
dress of women all over Europe throughout the centuries. In times past in
France and other nations of the world, the hair of women was considered to be
the den of demons so it was believed a good, pious woman should cover her hair.
The look of the headdress however, was dictated by style and occasionally by
tradition. These traditional European headdresses come in many shapes and sizes
some more elegant and others more utilitarian, but they are all unique in their
own way! A wonderful, rare collectors item!
~*~ ( hat YV5 )

MEASUREMENTS : Laid flat this headdress measures about 9 inches wide by about
7.5 inches deep in the middle ~*~ So, the circumference for the head is 18
inches around

CONDITION : This hat is in as found, not freshly laundered condition. LOVELY
condition ~*~

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