Date: 2009-07-23 05:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed, I consider the bigger hoods used for warmth, and the smaller open hood to be two separate types of items. I’ve seen people use evidence of one for the other, or suggest that they might be the same thing, just worn differently, but they really belong to two different times.

I wrote an article several years ago looking at the pin-on sleeve phenomenon as more of a reenactorism than reality, much like you describe above with the hoods. The article certainly has flaws in it, but my main point was that *usually* you see women wearing the sleeves when in some particular state of undress (up until about 1480 where my study ended), and that they were particularly common in Mary Magdalene portraits. I'm still not even entirely convinced of my own theory, but the important thing is to realize that there are other, more common sleeve styles than just the one. In any case, somebody who said she was from your group emailed me about it a year or so ago. Somebody named Helga?
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