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Sunday, May 31st, 2009, 05:34 PM
Exhibition of Icelandic Caps Opens at National Museum


The exhibition “My Tassel Cap – Love for the Heritage” of traditional Icelandic tassel caps as part of the national costume and new versions of the headpiece opened yesterday at the National Museum of Iceland.

The new headpieces, which are available for sale at the museum’s store, were designed by Ingibjörg Gudjónsdóttir and Thórunn Elísabet Sveinsdóttir.

Gudjónsdóttir’s caps were inspired by the original tassel caps as worn by the students at the ancient center for education at Hólar and the knitted female tassel cap.

“It is hand-knitted, felted and treated with love to provide the best possible protection against the ever-changing Icelandic weather,” the designer described in a National Museum press release.

Sveinsdóttir claims her cap is one of her necessities. “It is beautifully shaped, deep and feminine and is very decorative. Last but not least, the rings—made from both silver and bone—adorn the cap so well.”


Sunday, May 31st, 2009, 06:06 PM
Now that's a nice, non-Muslim headwear. ;)

Here some information I found about this tail cap, it's interesting the article says it's feminine be cause it says on Wikipedia it was originally worn by men. ;)

The Icelandic tail-cap or skotthúfa is a typical part of the Icelandic national costume. Originally it was only worn by men, but starting in the 18th century women started to wear it along with the peysa, a men's jacket with a single row of buttons creating the proto-peysuföt. Later it was adopted for the bodice-dress (upphlutsbúningur ).

The men's version is usually striped, while the women's is almost always black. While the men's version was knitted from fairly coarse wool the women's version used a small string with a tassel made of fine wool and later sewed with velvet with a silk tassel (35 – 38 cm.).

In the beginning of the 19th century, the tail-cap was rather deep, but from 1860 it was replaced by the modern, shorter version. The tassel and cap are connected with a tassel-cylinder (skúfhólkur) made of silver or gold. The cap is pinned in the hair by means of a black knitting-pin but if the woman wears plaits, the end of them are fastened under the cap in the neck with a typical cap-pin.

The source:

Here some other Icelandic caps I found:

This is called the spaðafaldur cap.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a4/St%C3%BAlka_fr%C3%A1_M%C3%B6%C3%B0ruv%C3 %B6llum.jpg


I prefer the modern knitted caps instead, like this: