Tartan turban

Tartan turban

Silk and velvet
Great Britain
1820-1835
Given by Mrs P Barclay
Museum no. T.847-1994

The turban was a popular form of fashionable headdress from the 1790s until 1820s. Inspired by interest in the classical world and exotic ideas of the East, the form and style of fashionable turban changed frequently. This tartan turban, with its emphasised front and velvet banding is typical of styles of the mid-1820s. Traditional Scottish dress and tartan in particular, had been popularised in the late 18th century by the Prince of Wales, later George IV. Tartan appears frequently in fashion plates of the first two decades of the 19th century, mostly in the form of accessories such as shawls, ribbon belts or turban style hats such as this.