photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Clothes of the Common People In Elizabethan and Early Stuart England

Volume 23: Womens' Linens and Aprons


This volume sets out to identify the names and natures of the various linen components of common women's costume and also their aprons whether linen or woollen.


Chapter Title Page
Hair Styles 5
Napkins, Quaters and Crosscloths 6
Kerchers and Kerchiefs 11
Rails 17
Headcloths, Headkerchers & Forehead cloths 19
Coifs 20
Cauls and Bonegraces 27
Bandanas, Facecloths, Face kerchers & Mufflers 29
Neckwear and Cuffs
Neckerchers 31
Kerchers and Handkerchers round the neck 34
Neckwear with bands 38
Rails round the neck and Partlets 40
Ruffs, Hand Ruffs and Cuffs 42
Smocks 47
Aprons 55

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