It's a liripipe hood!
Judging from my sketchbooks, I made this sometime around the beginning of August 2012. I had been reading a book on Medieval costume from the school library when I came across a picture of a liripipe hood. I immediately decided that liripipe hoods were awesome and that I needed to make one.
A definition of the word "liripipe" can be found here, some Medieval illustrations of them can be seen here, and an article on hoods and liripipes can be read here.
From what I remember reading in the book they were a man's garment that was popular around the 14th century. They were usually made of wool and the liripipes were separate pieces that were sewn on to the back of the hood. With all the fashionable men trying to outdo each other, the liripipes kept getting longer and longer until they had to be tied into fancy knots to keep them from dragging on the ground.
The pattern is pretty simple so it didn't take much work. I drew the pattern on an old sheet and used that as a mockup. It seemed to fit okay. It is loosely based off of hood #4 in this illustration.
|The light spot was caused by a stain on the blanket that blocked some of the dye.|
My mother teaches dyeing and has a small dye kitchen right outside my room, which is quite useful when something isn't the right colour.
|The scraps that I didn't dye.|
I don't really mind.
|The inside of the hood.|
|It tapers to quite a small point.|
|The hole repair is on the left, the liripipe join on the right.|
(Side note: What does spell-check have against costumers? It didn't accept liripipe or dagging as words. Look what it's fist suggestion for "liripipe" was.
|The outer fabric sticks out about 3 mm further than the lining.|
|You can't see the piecing in this picture, but it's on the right side.|
Speaking of dumb questions, you would not believe the number of people, who, upon seeing this drawing asked "Oh, is that what they were for?"
|A silly drawing in which a liripipe is employed as a whip. I was not very good at drawing people then. He looks all disjointed.|
Is it wrong to criticize people for being ignorant of things they can't be expected to know anything about? I think in this case they were completely ignoring common sense. Can you imagine a more awkward weapon than a wool whip attached to the back of your head?