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Cloak

1610-1620 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silk; hand-woven, hand-embroidered, hand-sewn, slashed
Brief description
Man's cloak, 1610-20, Italian; embroidered white (once pale blue) silk, slashed, altered
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 78cm
  • Around hem width: 153.5cm (approx)
Bibliographic reference
Avril Hart and Susan North, Historical Fashion in Detail: the 17th and 18th centuries, London: V&A, 1998, p. 168
Collection
Accession number
378-1898

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Record createdJuly 20, 2007
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