Since the founding of our company in 2010, we have had the dream of researching and developing a line of wigs built using 18th century techniques and materials. In 2017, we began the journey to learn how wig makers in the 17th and 18th century built their wigs, from the foundation materials and structure to the manipulation and attachment of the hair.
While there is a tremendous variety of styles and techniques in the long history of wig making and wearing, we have chosen to focus on 18th century styles, such as those worn by middle and upper class gentlemen and professionals in Europe and the American Colonies.
The foundation for the wig is handmade, either from a tailored linen cap or by hand-knitting a mesh cap. The hair for our 18th century wigs is hand-knotted into strips called “weft”, by use of a pair of wooden weaving posts and silk threads. These handmade strips of hair are produced to exactly the size needed for each row of hair in the wig. The strips are then hand sewn to the foundation. Once the wig’s hair is entirely sewn on, the wig is cut and styled.
It is with tremendous pride and pleasure that we present the 18th Century Collection.
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