Tippet Definition : Definitions for the Clothing & Textile Industry
A Tippet is a stole or scarf-like narrow piece of clothing, worn around the arms and above the elbow. They evolved in the fourteenth century from long sleeves and typically had one end hanging down to the knees. Nowadays, a tippet is often any scarf-like wrap, usually made of fur.
A ceremonial scarf worn by Anglican ministers is also sometimes called a tippet. The tippet is worn with choir dress and hangs straight down at the front. Ordained clergy wear a black tippet, while licensed readers wear a blue one. It is often simply referred to as a black scarf, or blue scarf. The tippet is different from the stole, which although often worn like a scarf is a liturgical vestment.
Tippet may also refer to the part of the leader that a fishing fly is tied to.
Meriwether Lewis wearing the tippet Cameahwait gave to him.Painted by Charles B. J. F. de Saint Memin in 1807, watercolor over graphite
It may also refer to a bird's or other animal's ruff (colorful feathers or neck hair).
Picture of Anglican priest in choir habit -- cassock, surplice, academic hood and tippet -- taken by Gareth Hughes on 21 October 2005.