Each wig in our 18th Century Collection is built from scratch using methods and materials from the 18th century.
Here’s a closer look at the methods we use to create these special 18th century wigs.
The foundation for each wig is created by tailoring linen strips into an open cap and covering those with a hand-knitted mesh cap. The cap is created using silk thread. The thread has just enough tooth to softly grip the head which helps the wig stay in place. Linen and silk are both historically appropriate choices for the cap materials.
What about the hair? Each wig is constructed by stitching strips of hair, called “wefts”, to the custom cap foundation. These strips of hair are each handmade, each is measured and built to be exactly the right size for the area of the wig foundation it is sewn to.
Wigs in our 18th Century collection are made from either human or yak hair. Both were used to create wigs during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Once the foundation has been pieced and the mesh knitted and shaped, the strips of weft are sewn in place. Then the wig is barbered and styled to the client’s liking.
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