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Side detail of 1860's European evening cape of cashmere wool.

Silk and cashmere evening cape (hem detail), European, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

CloakCloak Date: ca. 1850 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 49 in. (124.5 cm) Credit Line: Gift of International Business Machines Corporation, 1960

Cloak Date: ca. 1850 Culture: American Medium: silk, cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 49 in. cm) Credit Line: Gift of International Business Machines Corporation, 1960

Cloak (image 1) | American | 1885-89 | wool, silk | Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 2009.300.112

In the shawls lost popularity due to its immense size and the reducing expanse of skirts to help support them. Although some were retained as heirlooms, others were stitched into the more wieldy shape of the cloak or the mantle

1882 Cape | American | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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