Capriote

by Crusader1307

Dating to 15th Century AD, The ''Capriote'' was a form of heavy cloth (linen) conical headdress – worn by various Religious Groups. The Capriote was a component of self-flagellation practices. The Wearing of such – designed to hide the identity of The Punished – was used by Nobility and related, in Public. In addition to The Capriote, long robes and caps were worn (also as part of their concealment). In time, The Inquisition of Spain used such headdresses as a form of concealing their identities as well. The Capriote was a high cone shaped cloth Hood, roughly 2 to 3-feet in height. Eye holes were place for front sight. The ability to remain erect was accomplished at first by heavy linen and later by wire sewn into the fabric to ''stiffen'' it. Different colors were used to identify the various Orders of Penance that wore them.