Sunday, 31 October 2010

Bunnets: Where Did They Come From?

How did the bunnet come to be? The Collins English Dictionary
defines a bun as "a hairstyle in which long hair is gathered
into a bun shape at the back of the head." It defines a
hairnet as "any of several kinds of light netting worn over
the hair to keep it in place." By combining the words bun
and hairnet, a useful item with a clever name emerges:
bunnet! A bunnet is a type of hairnet used to hold a bun
hairstyle securely in place.

As a relative of the hairnet, the bunnet has a history
dating back to ancient times. Reading from Wikipedia, a
hairnet from about 1400 B.C. was recovered from a bog in
Denmark. Hairnets were used in Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome,
and Byzantine Egypt. As early as the 13th century, hairnets
were worn in Germany and England. Women in the United States
in the late 1800's used hairnets. Nowadays, hairnets are worn
by food service workers to keep their hair out of their work.

Over the centuries, hairnets have been made many ways. Some
were beautifully crocheted or knitted from delicate thread.
Others were made of fine metal. Others were made using a
technique called "sprang," which entailed braiding stretched
threads to create an elastic fabric. Most modern hairnets are
simply a mesh made of nylon.

Sometime in recent history, the hairnet evolved into a
small, nylon mesh version that could be used to secure a bun
hairstyle. The bunnet was born!

Bunnets are essential to anyone who wears their hair in a
bun, but they play a particularly important role for ballet
dancers. Because posture and alignment are critical elements
of ballet, it is important to keep a dancer's hair out of the
way, so her teacher and her audience can see the placement of
her shoulders, head, and neck. That is why, for decades, all
ballet dancers have been required to wear their hair in a
bun during classes, rehearsals, and performances.
Considering how often a ballet dancer wears a bun, it is
easy to see that she need a lot of bunnets.

Imagine how many bunnets are used by all the ballet dancers
in all the ballet studios and ballet companies in cities and
towns all over the world. That's a lot of bunnets!

Bunnets are small, lightweight, and come in lots of
different colors. They (and their hairnet relatives) have
been around for a long time. Most of all, bunnets are very
useful to a lot of people.

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