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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1610-1620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn, slashed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

A man’s half-circular cloak made of pale blue silk (now faded), lined with yellow silk taffeta. It is embroidered with yellow silk floss and twist in a design of abstract floral sprigs and slashed between the motifs through both layers. There is a border down each front and along the hem of applied woven lace [braid] of yellow silk with embroidered.

The cloak has been altered, possibly in the process of recycling. The collar has been removed; there was probably another lining, which has been removed.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


1610-1620 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn, slashed


Length: 78 cm, Width: 153.5 cm around hem approx

Descriptive line

Man's cloak, 1610-20, Italian; embroidered white (once pale blue) silk, slashed, altered

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Avril Hart and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 168


Silk (textile); Silk thread


Hand sewing; Hand weaving; Hand embroidery


Textiles; Embroidery; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project; Men's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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