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Product ID MRBiggin
Manufacturer MoiRandall

Randwulf's Biggin, Simple Hood or Skullcap Pattern

MRBiggins - Randwulf's Biggin, Simple Hood or Skullcap Pattern. This is a simple hood or skullcap that ties under the chin, constructed in three panels. A popular garment among medieval reenactors for men, women and children, the biggin can be made from practically any fabric. The pattern is printed on two 11 by 17-inch sheets with sizes from 16 to 25 inches around the forehead. A biggin is a close-fitting hood or skullcap that covers the ears and ties under the chin. They• are very popular among medieval and renaissance reenactors as a simple, practical cap for insulation or sun protection. Worn by men and women during the middle ages, their use as a women's and children's cap persisted through the 19th century. Biggin is a 17th-century word derived from the "Beguines," a lay sisterhood within the Roman Catholic Church, active in northern Europe during the middle ages and renaissance. The Beguines may have worn a similar cap. The name may be of the 17th century origin, but the basic shape of the cap goes back more than a thousand years. One-panel folded hoods resembling biggins have been found in archaeological digs at 10th century Norse settlements near Coppergate, England. Logically enough, these are called Coppergate Caps" among reenactors. This pattern makes a simple close-fitting biggin in three panels. The pattern is based on a 23" forehead and can be easily adjusted by scaling the panels or lengthening or shortening the ties. Renaissance, Medieval, Crusades, Medieval Church, Norse Costume.
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