[HNW] Consulting the collective: coifs

Carol Thomas scbooks at mindspring.com
Wed Apr 15 18:42:18 PDT 2009

>  "Last Judgement", by Jacob de Backer, Belgium.  1580.  6 of the 
> ladies kneeling on the right side panel could have blackworked 
> coifs under their wired headresses.

The upper right lady shows her ear through the fabric of the 
coif.  This makes me wonder if it were lace.

I've read speculation that blackwork was developed to give an 
impression similar to lace - but cheaper.

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