A shawl can be one of the most useful garments in your living history or Civil War reenacting wardrobe. You can wrap yourself up in a warm shawl on a chilly afternoon, bundle a young one up in the evening, or drape it over you to avoid a summer rain shower.
It can be rather difficult deciding what shawl or shawls to buy. I suggest reading Paisley, Plaid, & Purled: Shawls of the Mid-Nineteenth Century.
To help with making your own wool cloth shawl, please read “Fringing Your Shawl”
Need help deciding what shawl to wear for historical interpretation? Try Shawl Basics.
This page provides links to examples of original shawls
If you have access to past issues of the Citizen’s Companion or The Civil War Lady, please take time to read these articles:
- “Summer Mantles and Shawls” by Carolann Schmitt in the August, 1996 edition of the Citizen’s Companion
- “Shawls and Mixed Fabric” transcribed by Jill Giles Bailey from Godey’s in the June, 2004 edition of the Citizen’s Companion.
- “Finding the Right Shawl” by Anna Worden in the February, 2007 edition of the Citizen’s Companion.
- “The Shawl: An Article of Dress” by Anna Worden in the October, 2006 edition of the Citizen’s Companion.
- “Victorian Shawls” by Lynn Bury in the #22 edition of the Civil War Lady.