Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles

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Modern terminology distinguishes between wimple and veil in the following way: the wimple is a cloth with a hole in it, framing the face, or an arrangement of textiles concealing hair, forehead, neck and the edges of the face, so that the centre of the face appears as if through an aperture, a style ultimately confined to nuns and widows; and the veil is a loose textile which might be worn over another headdress or directly over the hair. Medieval terminology is less clear, and on occasion directly …

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker and Desirée Koslin, “Veil”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000878>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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