Recreating the felted riding cloak of Stephan Praun III was a exciting and challenging project. The cloak was a typical Spanish riding cloak of 1571. Museum featured few woven one, the Praun’s one was felted and the only one who survived and it is in exhibit in the German National Museum.
I had to felted a sheet of wool, then cut lay down the pattern like the Alcega’s draft. Cut the pieces. Doing the embellishments was fun and learned a lot. All of the embellishment, braids, buttons, tassels are dyed in dark teal ”bleu canard”, it was a very uncommon color at this period.
The process, I overdyed the silk by starting with the weld, then overdying it with woad. Dyed the buttons, braids, tassels and strings. Then I followed the sewing direction of tailor Mathew Gnagy in The
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