A fascinator is a hair accessory, commonly worn by women, on the head or in the hair. It can be anything from a small piece, to an elaborate creation, but is generally smaller than a hat.
Materials used include:
– feathers – a common & favourite feature;
– sinamay – a woven texture that can be purchased flat or in rolls, originally made from the abaca tree (kind of looks like a banana tree), but also man-made;
-various fabrics – another favourite is netting;
-& flowers – silk or synthetic.
How did I come to be interested in them?
On a dare!!!!
I belong to the tribe of short-haired women, and tend to be one who is not so interested in the frou-frou that the ladies of the long-hair tribe enjoy.
I was having my weekly visit with a friend who owns the boutique – “No Rules” – in Lismore, and somehow the discussion came around to horse racing & the Lismore Cup.
I’d never even been to the races before, and didn’t have a clue about these fascinator-thingee’s. So I set about educating myself.
They are good fun to make. The sinamay can be sculpted into so many different shapes, and the assortment of feathers & flowers available is just amazing. Talk about kid in a candy store.
This is one of my favourites….
I call it Extravagant. Hand-stitched and sculpted sinamay with red rooster copque feathers.