This Dutch cap is made of cotton lace and features embroidery and petal designs throughout. A zig-zag design decorates the edges and there is a tie string across the brow.
White lace caps are a signature style of women in the Netherlands and each province has its own traditional take on the headwear. This cap most likely comes from the isle of Walcheren. Closely fit around the head and tied beneath the chin, the rest of the hat drapes loosely over the shoulders. Golden spiral jewelry called “kissers” often dangle from the sides. Bangles and ornaments might be attached to these to show the family’s wealth and status. The hat would be worn with a black skirt and blouse, bright striped apron, and colorful floral dickey for weekly trips to the market. Though mostly faded from fashion today, the lace caps remain an important piece in the country’s national costume.
1901 – 1920
2" h 18" w
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Mr. William Hendricks;Mevrow M. Vanson Vanderheyde
Discovery Kit: Hats (November 2018) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Hats (May 2020) Hats and headwear have been worn for centuries by people around the world to serve a variety of purposes, cultural traditions and religious practices. This resource provides tools and activities for investigating a number of hats in the Grand Rapid Public Museum’s Collections.