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A Victorian mourning cap was distinguished by it’s black color or accents (depending on the level of mourning). The more recent the loss the plainer the design would be. The shape of the cap depended on the age of the widow but the most common was peaked at the front; a style inspired by Mary Stuart’s mourning. Fabrics were either of tulle, tarlatan, or lisse ( a fine, filmy, lightly crinkled gauze).
“Victorian Mourning Customs from Colliers.” Quilt History- informational site about antique quilts and vintage textiles including article and an interactive chat group.. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2010. <http://www.quilthistory.com/VMC.htm>.