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 tremendous variety of styles and techniques in the long history of wig making and wearing, we chose to focus our first efforts on two later 18th century queue styles, such as those worn by middle and upper class gentlemen in Europe and the American Colonies.
We limited ourselves to experimenting with two types of wig foundations, a pieced linen cap and a hand-knit linen thread mesh. While we intend to offer both foundations as options in the future, our initial wigs will be made with the pieced linen cap. It provides a lightweight and sturdy foundation for the hair and is comfortable to wear.
The hair for these 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 linen 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 introduce the first two wigs in our 18th Century Collection.
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