The exhibition “My Tassel Cap – Love for the Heritage” of traditional Icelandic tassel caps as part of the national costume and new versions of the headpiece opened yesterday at the National Museum of Iceland.
The new headpieces, which are available for sale at the museum’s store, were designed by Ingibjörg Gudjónsdóttir and Thórunn Elísabet Sveinsdóttir.
Gudjónsdóttir’s caps were inspired by the original tassel caps as worn by the students at the ancient center for education at Hólar and the knitted female tassel cap.
“It is hand-knitted, felted and treated with love to provide the best possible protection against the ever-changing Icelandic weather,” the designer described in a National Museum press release.
Sveinsdóttir claims her cap is one of her necessities. “It is beautifully shaped, deep and feminine and is very decorative. Last but not least, the rings—made from both silver and bone—adorn the cap so well.”