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Object Name Veil
Subject Clothing
Domestic Life
Personal Effects
Women
Category 3: Personal Artifacts
Sub-category Clothing -- Headwear
Accession Number 1972.008.001b
Donor Ken and Betty Dandy
Description (B) Veil, beige net with artificial mistletoe? headpiece.

Provenance The tradition of wearing a bridal veil is very old, pre-dating even the tradition of wearing white. The wedding veil has served a variety of purposes over time, from protecting the bride from evil spirits, acting as a symbol of her modesty, chastity and obedience and also as an added protection from the bad luck associated with being viewed by her soon-to-be husband before the ceremony.
This veil is known as a sweep veil, in honour of its floor-sweeping length.