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Where are created cloaks, capes, and ritual necklaces…
Before there were three, there was one…read about Clotho (just a little) below. She spun, measured, and cut the threads of mortal lives. Textiles having been a part of my entire life, Clotho became important to me early in my journey, in my life, and in my Craft. —Deporodh
Original designer folkwear exclusive; Deporodh’s unique design is elegantly simple, comfortable, & flexible in use. MSRP $99
Caped Cowl™ designer folkwear, green plaid Pendleton® wool, one size
This Caped Cowl (a cowl is another word for hood) is made of new Pendleton® virgin wool in a light green overlaid with a fine-stripe plaid in dark green stripes. Soft to the hand and sturdy, this wool suits the garment well.
Original cloak design after ancient & medieval styling; Deporodh’s unique design uses a double-thick hood for weather protection. MSRP $199
Cowled Cloak, full length with hood & hand-forged clasp
Black gabardine Pendleton® wool of a twill weave, this quality cloak protects from winds & squalls & fog. Hemmed once, petite persons may need to turn up the hem again.
Original design after fashions of Elizabethan England & Renaissance Europe. Sir Walter Raleigh, who displayed his gallantry to his queen “Gloriana” by spreading his fashionable cape across a puddle that she might cross dry-footed, wore his, as was one custom, across one shoulder and under the other arm.
Gloriana Gallantry cape, 100% luxury cotton, lined w/tie closure.
Elizabethan=inspired cape with wide collar. This example features deep green velveteen, lined with polished black cotton, secured with cotton rope. Renaissance fashionable gentlemen like Sir Walter Raleigh often wore theirs stylishly asymmetrical—over one shoulder and under the other arm.
About Clotho, Spinner of Lives
>Clotho, the original Fate — In the way of triune Greek deities, first there was one. The Fate, named Clotho (Greek Klotho), she who spun the span of life for mortals and immortals alike. By Hellenic times, Clotho became a triune: one to spin, one to measure, and one to cut the life-thread—collectively called the Klothes or the Fates. Athena relied on Clotho for the threads with which she wove, and, in turn, brought humankind the craft of weaving thread into fabric for garments. (Athena also brought humankind the craft of pottery…but that, as the Gaels say, is another story.
Me, I own tools and fiber-work of more than six generations of my matrilineal bloodline, and as a solitary, I used to describe myself a fiberwitch. It’s no wonder that a drop spindle in my teen hands carried me into a life of textile history and crafting.
“Witches wear a necklace in circle in honor of the Goddess…”
—Gereld Broussau Gardner, The Meaning of Witchcraft
An unbroken (having no catch) necklace is the only thing mandatory for women to wear when in circle (the ritual space where witches worship their gods and do their magic). This adornment is worn to honor the Lady, and most men choose to do likewise. As an elder, I have long hand strung gemstone bead necklaces as gifts to my students and initiates. I choose 100% silk size 4 bead cord for the cord, I wax it well with unbleached beeswax for extra strength & longevity, and use natural gemstone beads, often including amber or jet or both. Retired from coven leadership, and largely from teaching, I now offer my creations, in the shop.