Red, Burgundy, Hunter Green, Purple, Black
Dark Brown, Camel, Patterned Wool
Note: Please note, not all wool varieties we carry are woven closely enough use in making a dagged design, with edges left clean-cut. We have limited the color availability listed below to those fabrics that work best and they do not include all wools show here. Also, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.
Head-coverings were a critical component of dress in the Middle Ages. Hoods were common with men and women of all classes, and came in a wide variety of forms: long tailed or liripipe, short-tailed, dagged or straight hems, either pull-over or with an open front that was buttoned or pinned closed. Only the sumptuousness of the fabric, elaborateness of the dagging, or extreme length of the tail distinguished the hood of a duke from that of a villein. Men wore their hoods alone or with a plain linen coif beneath or a hat over, while women seem to have worn the hoods alone or with a wimple. In general, the most extreme version of this style with the longest tail or, liripipe, was typical in the mid to late fourteenth century while our short-tailed version is more typical of earlier fourteenth century portrayals. Made in fulled woo, so that the dagg edges won’t fray, this hood is joined in the front for the ease of pull-over wear and is a stylish solution to keep warm while being completely authentic. It can also be rolled into chaperone hat.
Drawing after Gaston Phebus’ Book of Hunting circa late 14th century MS francais 616 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France
Drawing after “The Travels of Sir John Mandeville” circa 1357 Add. Ms. 24189 in The British Museum, London, England
As folks who live in our historical clothes we naturally have favorites and the 15th c. hat that developed out of the Wool Dagged Hood of the late 14th c. is a staff favorite. Its crazy and expressive and it just makes you wonder what the first medieval guy was thinking when he put his hood on his head upside down and inside out! It’s our bet there were some libations involved!
When shopping with us in person our customers often ask us to show them how to make their hoods in chaperones so we decide our long distance web customers also needed a visual primer to refer to. It really pretty simple, just like any new technique it just takes a little practice. Basically take your hood by the ‘face opening’ and start rolling it the outside. Then keep rolling until you almost can’t roll in any further. At that point, you should have a nice, thick roll – this is the brim of your chaperone. Put the chaperone on your head and adjust the the dags accordingly to taste – they can go to both sides, all directions or just one to side. The dags effectively end up looking like crazy, dagged hair and flop in all directions. Other options are draping the liripipe (long tail) around the neck, tucking it into the brim or winding it around the brim. We can document the chaperone worn in all these variations. So, be bold, experiment, have fun!
This lord sports one of our black wool dagged hoods over sharp red linen Cotte with a complimentary pair of gold linen Chauses. Underneath he wears a medieval shirt and a pair of 14th c. braies. he completes the set with a Quatra-bar decorated belt around his waist, and a pair of our black medieval tie ankle boots.