So, I’m a member of the SCA which, for anyone unfamiliar, stands for Society for Creative Anachronism. It’s a medieval recreation (as opposed to reenactment) group that’s been around for a while. Mostly, we study and learn about how people lived in the medieval (or at the point, anything prior to I think 1699, globally) time period, with a bit of theater thrown in (it’s complicated, but a lot of fun). This is relevant at the moment, as one of the things that I have been struggling with is how to deal with super-fine, waist-length hair that can’t stay in it’s braid for more than a few minutes before wisps start escaping.
In the time of plague where touching your face without washing your hands is A Bad Idea, having wispy bits making your face itch while you’re at the grocery store is A Problem. I’ve been using bandanas, but because they still leave my braid exposed and dangling (did I mention waist-length? Yeah, that’s it’s braided length, not it’s loose length) and generally being free to Encounter Surfaces, I’ve been trying to sort out ways to fix this. Also, the weird, flappy triangle-thing that bandanas do is just…it’s kind of rather aesthetically “meh” on me, and I hate it. I’m already middle-aged and overweight, and I just don’t need that self-esteem hit on top of everything else.
So, I started looking into alternative solutions to dealing with my hair. The problem I kept running into is that in the 21st Century, women really don’t cover their hair for non-religious or Very Ethno-culturally Specific reasons. I have no desire to wander near the camps of cultural or religious appropriation, which left me at a sort of impasse. I’m a pagan White woman from the United States. Headcovering is not a thing my demographic does, unless it’s a bandana.
Then, it dawned on me. I study Medieval history. My mother was half Polish, which means that I’m of Slavic descent, and the early and Medieval Slavs wore headcoverings completely independent of religious meanings. Meaning I can comfortably adopt that style to cover my hair and keep it out of my face in this Plague Year of 2 thousand and 20, without ANY religious or cultural appropriation!
Yes, I spent today hemming a cotton scarf by hand. Yes, I will be dragging out my inkle loom to make a new band, because I need to weave a new one that isn’t as hideous as the test one and making (and let’s face it, probably embroidering, because I have *vastly* too much time on my hands these days) several underlayer pieces to use as contrasting colors instead of the bandanas. Yes, I would sell someone’s kidney for a set of temple rings (a form of jewelry, not unlike ornate hoop earrings) to hang from the bands, as is traditional.
It’s a bit messy, because I was just tossing it on to test today, but yeah… I think this will work.
If I’m going to be dealing with a damned medieval plague situation, you’re damned right I’m digging into medieval solutions for things that modern life can’t answer. Apparently my apocalypse fashion involves medieval headwear. There are worse things, I suppose…