Only a few examples of textiles have survived from the Judengasse. The embroidered vine and floral ornaments on these hats worn on the holidays are made from gold-plated metal threads and show that even men were fond of decoration.
It is a Jewish tradition to cover one’s head, particularly during ritual acts, but this practice is not rooted in any biblical commandment. Depending on the region, head coverings can assume different forms.
Bonnets such as these shown here were widespread during the period and were worn by Jewish and Christian women alike. It was a sign of modesty for women to cover their hair in public after marriage.

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  • Title: Hats for men and women
  • Date Created: c. 1800
  • Location: Central Europe
  • Location Created: Central Europa
  • Subject Keywords: clothing, fashion, Hut
  • Type: textile
  • Medium: damask, silver embroidery; Brocade with gold lace trim; velvet, gold yarn