This style of arming cap/coif was worn throughout the medieval times by all ages and classes.
A coif can be worn by itself to cover the head from sun or wind, to keep ones hair in place or as a nightcap at cold inside or outside camping events. Sometimes a coif was also combined with some kind of hat, cap or hood or a combination of cap and hood. Besides as every day garment it can also be used as arming cap for Heavy Fighting or Fencing as extra layer between helmet padding and head. It really helps to keep longer hair in its place and out of the face.
I printed this lovely linen fabric by hand using an octopus stamp which I carved myself. This octopus is a mixture of a late medieval octopus as depicted in a 16th century manuscript as well as a little bit of modern and ancient Minoan inspiration.
Large linen coif/arming cap in black/gold with octopus print
2 part coif pattern
Height at front border – top seam to beginning of ties: ca. 10.5 inch
Width at bottom border – back seam to front border: ca. 8 inch
Ties: ca. 14 inch long
Fabric: 100% linen, pre-washed
Machine-washable cold & delicate in a washing bag, hang to dry
Can be ironed on the backside of the printed fabric on low
Made in Crestview, Florida, USA
Please note that the sizes can vary from head to head because of head shapes and sizes as well as used materials. Furthermore please keep in mind that photos sometimes can’t display the true colors. Every coif and print is slightly different and unique due to the handprinting process.