To me, it looks like a warm-white (undyed wool?) hooded 1/2 (maybe 2/3 or 3/4) circle cloak where the hood is lined with darkish blue and trimmed with warm brown in a rectilinear fashion.

The hood is made of a rectangle folded in half to make a square and seamed on one edge (usually the back so the top has no seam to leak rain through) and then mounted to the neck area. That makes fold on top, seam in back, open edge stitched to cloak, other open edge for face. This type folds against the wearer's back as shown.

The neck area of the cloak could have a scoop or even an actual arc cut out as the hood, when stitched on, provides a sturdy edge so there's a minimum of sag, roll-up, or 'ride' with a maximum of comfort.

In the picture, the cloak's clasped/tied/secured in front with the right side flipped back over the right arm.

That's what it looks like to me, at any rate.  :-)


On 14-Jul-16 11:35 PM, scourney wrote:
Hi, I'm looking at a job reproducing the clothes in a Pompeian fresco. I think 
I've identified most of the clothing involved, but still have a question on one 
thing. Any Ancient Roman experts out there?
The painting in question is the sale of the bread 
 - I'm going with the seated man wearing a white toga over a white tunic and 
the three in front wearing tunics and paenula of some dark color, but I can't 
decide what the off white thing is. At first I thought cloak, cause it looks 
like it is clasped on the shoulder, but it has that odd reddish trim which 
almost looks like a hood.  It looks too small to be a hood and why the trim 
just in that spot? So I'm not sure what it is.
This is my first paying gig, so I want it to go well.
Thanks all, Susan Courney
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