Riia Chmielowski has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). She says:
I rather think my hair is on the short side, since it doesn’t hang much past my bra-strap when braided, and I’ve friends with hair reaching past their knees. This photo shows my hair with 12th Century style hair additions. Please note that the fouriaus* more than doubles the apparent length of my hair. But when wearing a costume patterned after one of the statues in the Chartres Cathedral it seemed right to wear the appropriate accessories, too. Besides, it is fun to wear braids that long!
* Fouriaus: Sheathes covering braids or bourre (false hair) source: Goddard, E. R. (1925). Women’s Costume in French Texts of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries. The Johns Hopkins Studies in Romance Literatures and Languages, Vol. VII. Paris, Universitaires de France: 263.
Riia M. Chmielowski
Associate Senior Lecturer
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Luleå University of Technology