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Coif


Coif

Century: XIII, XIV, XV
Coif. Medieval Market, coif

Coif - Medieval Market, coif


CODE Material Standard Price
GMLE0154Underwear linen Machine-made 5.50 EUR
GMLR0156Underwear linen Hand-made 12.00 EUR
GMLS0155Underwear linen Mixed 8.00 EUR

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A coif is a type of medieval headwear used by both men and women. It is a light, close fitting cap made of linen and it covers the top, back, and sides of the head. Coifs are tied under the ching with two laces.

Size* Size B1
S 54-55 cm
M 56-57 cm
L 58-59 cm
XL 60-61 cm
Custom +20% of the basic price

*Please specify the chosen size in Additional Information while ordering.


Coifs in the Middle Ages

Coifs of this type gained their popularity in the 10th century. Men used them up to the 14th century, but remained popular among women and children in the next centuries.

In general, medieval coifs were worn by all social classes, mainly because of hygiene. They were worn alone, as an indoor garment, but also under felted hats and quilted headcovers.

What are the types of medieval headwear?

Similarly to the outer garment, headwears speaks of the social status and in case of women of their marital status. In medieval iconography hardly ever can we find figures without any head wear. During all the period of the Middle Ages a hood was the most widespread head wear. Its functions were protective and sometimes symbolic, ritual or representative. Medieval headwear includes: caps, hats, coifs, hoods, kerchiefs and others. Hoods were often made of cloth, however caps and hats were made of felt.





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