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Liripipe The peak or point on top of the medieval hood which began to lengthen into a pendant tail or padded sausage from the fourteenth century on. By the following century it had grown to five or six feet in length, when it could be held in the hand, hang loose down the back, be draped round the body or wound round the chaperon. Sometimes the whole chaperon was slung over the shoulder and hung down the back suspended by the liripipe, the other end being held in the hand. Also known as the tippet it could alternatively be attached to a hat or to a feminine head-dress.

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