Introduction to European Women’s Short Cloaks of the 16th and Early 17th Centuries

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the short cloak as worn by 16th and early 17th century women. The paper begins with a brief history of the short cloak prior to the 16th century. It continues with an overview of short cloaks by selected geographic region, comparing visual characteristics from period art and period tailor’s patterns. This paper does not contain information about ecclesiastical cloaks or other cloak-like vestments worn by members of religious orders during this time period.