18th Century Calash Bonnet
C.1770-1780. A very tall oval shaped calash bonnet
made out of finely made black taffeta and lined
in light pink china silk.
The calash bonnet
became popular during the 1760's and was worn to protect the towered powdered hairstyles fashionable during the 18th century. They were named "calash" bonnets after the french word "caleche" (carriage) as they resembled the fold down tops of fine carriages. This one is boned
with 5 flexible whalebones ,and is entirely handsewn. The back
.(Formerly L. Hidic)