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The woolen medieval cloak is a completion of a medieval costume. This cloak is a perfect protection against wind, cold and rain. In medieval fashion, it works well both in a knight camp and during travels. Our medieval cloak is made out of 3/4 of a circle of warm, thick wool.
Medieval costume of this type does not have a lining. In standard version, our cloak is closed with a string. Wool ensures high hygroscopicity level – this medieval cloak can absorb a lot of moisture without feeling of it being wet. These features makes it a perfect choice for any medieval traveller or knight.
There is a wide range of colors to choose from for this medieval cloak, You can choose the colour of the wool as well as for the lace. Choose colors from colour chart and write proper codes later in the comment section while placing the order. If needed, we can also replace the lace with 6 tin buttons made of tin or any other model from our assortment (we use the tin ones if the client does not specify which buttons exactly they want).
Medieval cloak from Bible
A medieval cloak of this type can be found for example in a miniature from the Winchester Bible from 12th century. The work presents scenes from the life of King David. One of the presented characters is the king of England, Henry II Plantagenet, wearing a medieval cape of 3/4 of a circle. Winchester Bible is stored in the cathedral library in Winchester.
Medieval cloak - key points:
↪ cloak inspired by historical sources;
↪ wool ensures warm and protection against moisture;
↪ wide range of colors to choose from;
↪ option of modifications and adornments – make your own medieval cloak;
↪ a 3/4 breadth ensures tight wrap, very important during cold evenings.
Medieval cloak and its origin
Capes were known to humankind even in the ancient times which is proven by the example of a Pallium cloak. A medieval cloak, like most of medieval clothing, emphasized the social status of a wearer. Often this type of garment had furry elements to make it warmer and more presentable.
When talking about cloaks, it is worth mentioning short cloaks which were usually intended especially for horse riding. Longer coats could be made of whole circle, 3/4 of a circle or half of a circle. Medieval cloaks could be closed with a string, buttons, or a broche – often in a unique, ornamental design, made of expensive materials. Cloaks in the Middle Ages were used during important events – both of church character and secular (a ceremonial cloak, a coronational cloak). It was also an essential part of a pilgrimage outfit.
The cloak word comes from an old-French cloque (cloche, cloke). It means a traveling cape and comes from Latin where clocca means a similar garment. Literally this word means a bell, because of the clothing’s design.