Legal wigs were originally devised to provide anonymity. But unlike a genuine barrister’s wig made of horsehair, this knitted-wool version was likely worn in jest or as part of a costume. The wearer attended Lincoln’s Inn – one of four Inns of Court in London – where members attended qualifying sessions before being called to the bar.

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Can you think of other traditional objects or practices that evolved over time so their original purpose is no longer widely known?

responded: Apr 11, 2012

Posted by Alex L

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Maybe powdered wigs? Hoop Skirts? I think alot of things such as traditional objects and pratices have past over time probably because they were either unhealthy, unpratical or just forgotten. I know that in china, foot binding or Lily Feet were popular back then probably ended around my greatgrandma's age, but they were very uncomfortable and very unpractical but it was thought as something beautiful back then. But it was only for the rich, people who worked on farms and such didn't get to bind their feet. Now it is very uncommon to see lily feet unless you go to those really remote villages in China, where they still practice it.

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