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Catalog Number 1986.155
Description Feather Capelet, n.d. Blush or champagne-colored feather capelet, designed to be worn wrapped around the shoulders. Three rows of feathers on blush-colored netting, also known as tulle. The feathers at the top or neck portion of the capelet are a different type than the bottom two rows of feathers, although the color matches exactly. The capelet has two rows of ribbon where the feather rows are attached to the tulle. The item appears to be hand-sewn. Two pieces of ribbon serve as the ties at the neck.
Object Name Capelet
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Feather Capelet, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Notes "Capelet is a short, half-round fencing cape with a collar, worn over one shoulder. A cord (or expensive chain if the owner was rich), ran from one end of the collar to the other, allowing it to be secured around the man's chest. These short capes were very popular during the Elisabethan Period through Europe." [ 3/21/2017]
Dimensions H-22.5 W-34 D-1.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Clothing
Women's Fashion
Subjects Clothing & dress