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Nineteen knotted silk hairnets and fragments have been found as archaeological textiles across Britain. The oldest and most numerous finds date from 11th and 12th century deposits in Waterford and Dublin, Republic of Ireland. One 13th-century hairnet was found at Cork, Republic of Ireland, while London excavations have recovered four dating from the late 13th to late 14th centuries. Three more, deposited early in the 14th century, were recovered from Perth, Scotland. Two were ornamented with darned embroidery and are the earliest examples of such work in Britain.

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Cynthia Myers, “Hairnet”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_355>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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