Front of a crimson silk velvet cloak: 16th century
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Crimson silk velvet short round cloak, the silk was made in Italy, France, Spain or England. The circular cloak is arranged with the lengths of velvet joined at the centre back, and open at the centre front with selvages folded under. Small semi-circular pieces are added on both sides to give the circular shape. The velvet is arranged with the pile running up and down alternately, down on the right front and up on the left front, although there is very little nap to be seen. The embroidery is worked onto the velvet without a linen backing.
1560 AD - 1575 AD