Hoop skirts were worn by upper class women only, so the lower classes had to fall back on the much simpler, equally effective bum roll when they wanted to present themselves with voluptuous hips. A Renaissance bum roll is a crescent of cotton fabric filled with fabric padding. It has a tie at each end. The ties are used to bind the bum roll around the hips to make them even more attractively wide and support the skirts on top of them. Upper class women would also wear bum rolls on top of their farthingales in the Renaissance. When a lady was underway in a bum roll and farthingale, she had to walk in a long glide.
Our Renaissance bum roll has a maximum diameter of 6 cm.