A hairnet, or sometimes simply a net or caul, is a small, often elasticised, fine net worn over long hair to hold it in place. It is often worn by food service workers to prevent hair from contaminating the food. A snood is similar but a looser fit and with a much coarser mesh.
Evidence has been found of hairnets as far back as
ancient Greece[http://classics.furman.edu/Classics/GreekFashion/page37.htm] .Hairnets were worn from the 13th century onwards in Germanyand Englandand are shown in illustrations from this period often worn with a wimple. They were made from extremely fine silk and edged with bands of either finger-weaving or tablet-weaving. [http://members.tripod.com/nicolaa5/articles/hairnet.htm]
Ena Sharples, an early character in the UK soap opera Coronation Street, was famous for wearing a hairnet.
The word has been adopted by several organisations in
computingand the world wide web.
*Hairnet in the UK, subsequently renamed
Digital Unite, is a network of older self-employed computer trainers. [http://www.hairnet.org/] .
cycling, a hairnet was the popular term given to a bicycle helmetconsisting of padded leather straps [http://www.branfordbike.com/helmet/helmet1.htm] .
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