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Kinsale Cloak

Kinsale Cloak

Pattern No. 207
Rural Irish folk for centuries wore voluminous full-length woolen cloaks of ancient origins. Handwoven in a straight twilled tweed, these heavy cloaks took their color from the native black sheep, whose wool provided a natural water repellent. The social changes wrought by the Potato Famine of 1846 saw a decline in the cloak's popularity; however, lined with black linen, silk or satin, it may still be seen in West County Cork today.

One size fits most. Can be lengthen or shortened as needed. Designed to be ankle length on a person 5' 7".

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