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[[Image:Isolationhood2.jpg|thumb|Isolation hood from [http://www.top-to-bottom-leathers.co.uk Top To Bottom Leathers] ]]  
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[[Image:Isolationhood2.jpg|thumb|Isolation hood from [http://www.top-to-bottom-leathers.co.uk Top To Bottom Leathers]]]
[[Image:Latexhood.jpg|thumb|Latex hood from [http://www.demask.com Demask] ]]  
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[[Image:Latexhood.jpg|thumb|Latex hood from [http://www.demask.com Demask]]]
'''Hoods''' play a major part in [[BDSM]] imagery and practice. They can be worn both by [[submissive]]s and [[dominant]]s for a variety of reasons.
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[[Image:Rubberhoodwithgag.jpg|thumb|Rubber hood with blindfold and gag]]
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[[Image:L069DETAIL.jpg|thumb|Rear-laced leather hood from [[Westward Bound]]]]
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'''Hoods''' play a major part in [[BDSM]] imagery and practice. They can be worn by both [[submissive]]s and [[dominant]]s for a number of reasons.
  
A '''bondgage hood''' (also called a '''gimp mask''') is a [[fetish]]istic hood. It may be made from [[rubber]], [[PVC]], or [[leather]]. It is designed to completely cover the head, and is thus accommodated with an opening at the back to extend the neck hole for adorning - which may be done up with a zip or cord. Other openings include 2 eye holes (sometimes these can be covered with a [[blindfold]]), optional nostril openings, and a mouth opening (which is often closed with a zip or a [[gag]]).  
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* To [[objectify]] the wearer: Beacuse they obscure the face, hoods can play a major role in objectification fantasies.  For a submissive, they will reduce them to the status of a sexual toy, rather than a sexual partner. For the dominant, the hood will help make them appear more distant and impersonal, projecting an image of sexual power and superiority.
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* [[Sensory deprivation]]: Heavy [[latex]] or [[leather (material)|leather]] hoods can be used by the dominant partner to control the sub's ability to see and hear. This will enhance the sub's feelings of helplessness and loss of control in a [[scene]]. Inbuilt [[gags]] are often used to increase still further the sense of helplessness by limiting the ability of the sub to communicate.  Heavy hoods can greatly increase the efficacy of a gag, reducing the ability of the gagged person to make any sound.
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* Transformation: Animal hoods can be used as part of an [[animal transformation fantasy]], giving the wearer the features of, say, a [[dog play|dog]]. The transformation can be more abstract; hoods used in [[pony play]] often have holes at the top of the hood to allow long hair to be pulled through or have false hair attached to the top of the hood, forming a cascade not unlike a horse's tail.
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* Visual impact: Hoods have a strong visual appeal, especially highly coloured [[latex]] designs, and are very popular as [[Dress_code|club wear]].
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* Total enclosure: Many fetishists are turned on by the [[zentai|second skin]] elements of fetishism; hoods form an integral part of this.
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* As a [[head_bondage|bondage]] device: Hoods can incorporate attachment points for ropes and chains to secure the head as part of a bondage scene.
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* To disguise the wearer: Hoods can also serve the function of disguising identity when desired, for example at [[play parties]].
  
An '''Isolation hood''' is a more extreme version of a bondage hood; it is design to disorientate the wearer by keeping them in total darkness and making it very difficult to hear anything. Most isolation hood also incorporate gags to enhance the sensation of loss of control and helpless felt by the victim.
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==Types of hood==
  
Note that this is potentially extremely dangerous, as blocking all access to air will result in rapid asphyxiation. The safety warnings regarding [[gag]]s also apply.  
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Because of their popularity and the multitude of reasons for wanting to wear a hood, there is a massive range of different designs available from a wide range of suppliers. This article attempts to classify hoods into a number of basic types.  However, many hoods will combine elements of more than one type in their design.
  
It is notably used in [[BDSM]], its function being to [[objectify]] the wearer as well as providing [[sensory deprivation]], and thus reduce them to the status of a sexual toy, rather than a sexual partner, as part of a [[scene]]. It can also serve the function of disguising their identity when desired, for example at [[play parties]].
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* [[Animal hood]]
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* [[Bondage hood]]
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* [[Executioner hood]]
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* [[Face masks]]
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* [[Facekini]]
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* [[Fetish hood]]
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* [[Gas mask hood]]
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* [[Gimp mask]] or '''Slave hood'''
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* [[Inflatable hood]]/Ball hood
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* [[Isolation hood]]
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* [[Open face hood]]
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* [[Oyster hood]]
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* [[Ponytail hood]]
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* [[Realface mask]]
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* [[Strap mask]]
  
==See Also==
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== Lacing ==
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Many hoods, especially leather ones, have laces down the back. This allows the hood to be made very tight. Often, the laces can be covered with a flap that can be locked down for added security.
  
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==Buying a hood==
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A trawl through the web will quickly bring up a bewildering array of suppliers selling every type of hood imaginable with prices from £30 to £300. Generally you will get what you pay for, the more expensive hoods being better quality and more sophisticated in their design. Manufacturers will differ in how they go about constructing the hood, some concentrating on the quality of the stitching whilst others focus on the strength of construction. The most important thing though is the fit and this is best done by trying the hood on before buing it. If a hood is too tight it will quickly become uncomfortable and will end up not being used. If it is too loose much of the sensory delight in wearing a hood will be lost.
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The most popular materials for hoods are leather and latex. Leather due to its strength tends to be more popular for [[BDSM]] and [[bondage]] use; latex due to it smoothness and range of colours is ever popular at fetish [[clubs]].
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== Making latex hoods ==
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Latex hoods may be made from [[glued latex]] or [[moulded latex]].
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Glued latex hoods, also called tailored, are made from two or more pieces of latex sheeting joined along their edges.  The more pieces in the pattern, the closer the fit, as the pieces are better able to follow the contours of the wearer's head.  Skilled pattern drafters are able to make adjustments to patterns to fit a wide range of sizes.  Because of the labour involved, tailored latex hoods tend to be more expensive than equivalent moulded hoods.
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Moulded latex hoods are made by dipping casts into liquid latex.  Reinforcing fabric tape may be attached to the cast before dipping so that the latex can bind properly to the tape.  Once the latex has dried, zippers and other attachments can be sewn to the tape without fear of tearing the latex.  Openings for eyes, nostrils, and mouth can be cut into the hood after it is dried.  Because of the work involved in making a cast, manufacturers will typically make a limited number of sizes available and customisation of sizes is not usually an option.  Moulding has the advantages of producing a seamless final product, as well as being able to make thicker products through multiple dippings.
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{{Latexwiki|Hood}}
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==See Also==
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* The types of hood listed above
 
* [[Collar]]
 
* [[Collar]]
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* [[Dress code]]
 
* [[Gag]]
 
* [[Gag]]
 
* [[Head harness]]
 
* [[Head harness]]
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* [[Face mask]]
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* [[Stocking mask]]
  
  
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Latest revision as of 23:15, 20 November 2017

Isolation hood from Top To Bottom Leathers
Latex hood from Demask
Rubber hood with blindfold and gag
Rear-laced leather hood from Westward Bound

Hoods play a major part in BDSM imagery and practice. They can be worn by both submissives and dominants for a number of reasons.

  • To objectify the wearer: Beacuse they obscure the face, hoods can play a major role in objectification fantasies. For a submissive, they will reduce them to the status of a sexual toy, rather than a sexual partner. For the dominant, the hood will help make them appear more distant and impersonal, projecting an image of sexual power and superiority.
  • Sensory deprivation: Heavy latex or leather hoods can be used by the dominant partner to control the sub's ability to see and hear. This will enhance the sub's feelings of helplessness and loss of control in a scene. Inbuilt gags are often used to increase still further the sense of helplessness by limiting the ability of the sub to communicate. Heavy hoods can greatly increase the efficacy of a gag, reducing the ability of the gagged person to make any sound.
  • Transformation: Animal hoods can be used as part of an animal transformation fantasy, giving the wearer the features of, say, a dog. The transformation can be more abstract; hoods used in pony play often have holes at the top of the hood to allow long hair to be pulled through or have false hair attached to the top of the hood, forming a cascade not unlike a horse's tail.
  • Visual impact: Hoods have a strong visual appeal, especially highly coloured latex designs, and are very popular as club wear.
  • Total enclosure: Many fetishists are turned on by the second skin elements of fetishism; hoods form an integral part of this.
  • As a bondage device: Hoods can incorporate attachment points for ropes and chains to secure the head as part of a bondage scene.
  • To disguise the wearer: Hoods can also serve the function of disguising identity when desired, for example at play parties.

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[edit] Types of hood

Because of their popularity and the multitude of reasons for wanting to wear a hood, there is a massive range of different designs available from a wide range of suppliers. This article attempts to classify hoods into a number of basic types. However, many hoods will combine elements of more than one type in their design.

[edit] Lacing

Many hoods, especially leather ones, have laces down the back. This allows the hood to be made very tight. Often, the laces can be covered with a flap that can be locked down for added security.

[edit] Buying a hood

A trawl through the web will quickly bring up a bewildering array of suppliers selling every type of hood imaginable with prices from £30 to £300. Generally you will get what you pay for, the more expensive hoods being better quality and more sophisticated in their design. Manufacturers will differ in how they go about constructing the hood, some concentrating on the quality of the stitching whilst others focus on the strength of construction. The most important thing though is the fit and this is best done by trying the hood on before buing it. If a hood is too tight it will quickly become uncomfortable and will end up not being used. If it is too loose much of the sensory delight in wearing a hood will be lost.

The most popular materials for hoods are leather and latex. Leather due to its strength tends to be more popular for BDSM and bondage use; latex due to it smoothness and range of colours is ever popular at fetish clubs.

[edit] Making latex hoods

Latex hoods may be made from glued latex or moulded latex.

Glued latex hoods, also called tailored, are made from two or more pieces of latex sheeting joined along their edges. The more pieces in the pattern, the closer the fit, as the pieces are better able to follow the contours of the wearer's head. Skilled pattern drafters are able to make adjustments to patterns to fit a wide range of sizes. Because of the labour involved, tailored latex hoods tend to be more expensive than equivalent moulded hoods.

Moulded latex hoods are made by dipping casts into liquid latex. Reinforcing fabric tape may be attached to the cast before dipping so that the latex can bind properly to the tape. Once the latex has dried, zippers and other attachments can be sewn to the tape without fear of tearing the latex. Openings for eyes, nostrils, and mouth can be cut into the hood after it is dried. Because of the work involved in making a cast, manufacturers will typically make a limited number of sizes available and customisation of sizes is not usually an option. Moulding has the advantages of producing a seamless final product, as well as being able to make thicker products through multiple dippings.

This page uses content from LatexWiki (see here); the original article may be viewed here.

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