Phillis

Phillis

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I first heard about Phillis Wheatley listening to a first-person interpreter at the Fair at New Boston event in Springfield, OH in 2015. For those who are not familiar with this historical woman, Phillis, (c. 1753 – December 5, 1784) was the first published, African-American author of a book of poetry. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. She so mesmerized me, and the cap she wears in the most recognized portrait of her is so beautiful, that I determined that cap would be the first I would develop from only a picture for Flying Heart Millinery. I debuted the cap at the Kalamazoo Living History Show in March 2017. As died at such a young age, I research other portraits to find caps of a similar style, but generally found that they were mostly fashionable during the years in which she lived. I construct this cap of only linen. It is not adjustable and may require a head measurement. Average cap size ranges from 22-1/2" to 23-1/2" in band (caul) circumference.