Ostrich feathers have been a sought-after fashion article since medieval times. Queen Elizabeth I of England and the French queen, Marie Antoinette, were famous for their partiality to them. Royalty used the ostrich feathers in their elaborate headdresses, and later, ladies presented at court in England were expected to feature the plumes as their formal headdress.
The ostrich feather was regarded as a symbol of truth and justice by the Egyptians, because – unlike other feathers – they are beautifully balanced as they are divided exactly in half by their central shaft.
Ostrich feathers can be seen in many paintings adorning both armour and clothing.
Each ostrich feather drab measures approx. 30cm.