In the past, we have written on the subject of coiffes (see our jolly tome, which can now be purchased directly from Lulu) and how they may help you to find the region, if not the very village, of your ancestress. Should you be fortunate enough to have a coiffe among the treasures inherited from your ancestors, give it a close examination. Compare it with these dainty cut-outs for a match that could guide your research.
During our junket to Bretagne, we have taken a small break from genealogical research in the archives to admire the elegant exhibit of Breton dress -- including coiffes -- at the Musée Départemental Breton in Quimper. Though we are a dedicated devotée of Worth, we must admit that some of these are very pretty indeed.
Monsieur B. is one of our most loyal and generous of Readers and we are indebted to him for telling us of this National Geographic Magazine article on the coiffes of Bretagne. With the ever beautiful photographs for which that magazine is so noted, shown are women wearing Breton coiffes, the captions identifying the very village with which each style is associated. Maybe one will be that of your ancestress! Merci Monsieur B.
Rainy Day Activity Time : Failing a positive identification, you might use the above cut-outs to ensnare a little one for the cause of French Genealogy.
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