If you are planning to attend a Tudor era re-enactment, you will want to have the proper costume. Before you search for suitable costumes for your Tudor re-enactment, you need to decide exactly what it is you’re looking for, though. You might start by thinking about linen. It was a very important fabric in the Tudor era.
Another use for linen in the Tudor era was in the making of coifs, or head coverings. They were thought to protect a person from head lice and they were used as a sign of reverence, keeping one’s head covered in God’s presence.
Another use for a linen coif was to keep a woman’s hair hidden. Tudors believed that a woman’s hair would make a man more passionate. Married women were expected to keep their hair hidden under a linen coif, except in the presence of their husband. A woman who walked in public without a linen coif was considered to be a hussy.
The Tudors also used linen as a sign of social status. There were different grades of linen. Finer linen fabric was reserved mainly for richer classes. The better the quality of the linen, the longer it took to make and the more expensive it was. In some ways, that actually worked to the advantage of the poorer folk. Rough, heavy linen was warmer for doing field work. If you were very rich, in Tudor times, you might have been able to afford cotton or silk, instead. Linen was vital to the lower classes, though.