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Cap, 1500-1550-EXCERPT: Knitted or felted caps were designed to be warm and waterproof. Some protected the neck, some had ear flaps, and many were trimmed with ribbons to imitate expensive silk versions. Wealthy Londoners would have worn European fashionable bonnets or caps of silk velvet decorated with ostrich feathers, aglets (jewelled pins) and brooches. Wool absorbs colour easily, so many caps were dyed in strong colours, such as red and black, which were fashionable at the time.