Originally Posted by emmanuel
I like how arm bands look. I like the thom browne stripped sleeve too. It could be very stylish for casual wear if done correctly. I would not use one for mourning though. You should be very minimalistic when dressing for a funeral.
i agree, but i had seen it as worn by the bereaved for a period of time after
the funeral, since it would be impractical to wear black for a week or more to show mourning. i just like the idea of showing your loss in a simple understated way.
Originally Posted by Cary Grant
Dates back at least to medieval times. The phrase "wear your heart on your sleeve" is related to the courtly tradition of a woman tying a band/token around her arm in jousts, etc.
The military "brassard" is derived from similar traditions.
Here's a mid 19th century portrait with children wearing them after the passing of a family member.
wow, very informative. i had actually heard something about the relationship to that phrase, although i was never sure of the exact connection. Thanks!
Originally Posted by southbound35
Interesting question to which I do not know the answer. I watched a few episodes of the first season of "Brotherhood" (Showtime's organized crime/political series) over the weekend. In at least one of the episodes, a high-level labor union representative wore a black band "mourning" the loss of a union member who met an untimely death from the business end of a shovel. That series' setting is roughly current, so I presume some people still follow the tradition. In this case, IIRC, the mourner and the mournee were Irish Catholic.
I had a feeling that if anyone were to still observe this, it would be Catholics. BTW how is that show? anything you would compare it to?