Victorian Era

This Matthew Sweet is a funny man.

Her authority drains away, however, when dealing with less material aspects of Victorian life, the sort that can’t be deduced from a sickle, snood or tincture. “Even within a family setting,” she writes, “few women were willing to be naked in the kitchen.” (If she has discovered evidence for a historical shift in levels of British kitchen nudity, I’d like to see it.)

(via How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman – review | Books | The Guardian)

“Hair Wreaths: Fancywork from the Victorian Era”

Often, close companions exchanged hair as tokens of friendship. Hair was also sometimes taken after a person’s death as a means of honor and remembrance.

(via HLATC: Featured Textiles: Hair Wreath)