Clotho’s Cowls & Cloaks

About Cottage Cloaks…

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 lengths 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.)

Cloaks & Capes

  • Caped Cowl — $65

A cowl is another word for a hood. A thousand years ago, hoods covered the head and also had shoulder capes. This design, unique to One Witch’s Cottage, is made of all-wool fabric, washable & dryable; all fabric is machine washed and dried before being made into a double-thick hood with a fingertip-length cape. A Caped Cowl can be tossed on quickly over a backpack or fanny pack. Hood up or down, you can tie a quick half-hitch loosely or tightly as the weather demands. Bicycle– and wheelchair–friendly, the long bias shape covers spine, hips, arms, & hands. In severe cold, one may wrap each front point around one’s neck as a double–muffler that naturally clings to itself, or add a stickpin or kilt-pin to secure it against wind & weather.

• Hooded Cloak — $125

Cape, cloak, mantle, poncho, ruana, shawl, toga, wrap—they are all words that mean a length of fabric worn to cover the body against weather and cold.  In Roman times, a cucullus was a cowl or hood attached to a cloak. Modern fashions add sleeves—giving us the greatcoat, overcoat, ulster. But the older cloak is easier to wear, more flexible in use, and easier to don and doff.

I’ve used this sort of cloak in preference to coats and jackets since age 18. Away at college, I carried two full bags of groceries under the cloak while walking home from grocery store. Paper bags were dry and intact when I got home. A decade later I carried a sleeping niece from the car into her home in Tillamook, Oregon under my cloak while the coastal rain drenched me. And I slipped in a deep mucky-bottomed puddle and did a pratfall into the cold water—but the child remained dry & asleep while I got her indoors.

Average length neck to hem: 55–58 inches—hem up to preferred length if desired.
Hood is double thickness for warmth & rain protection

 

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