If you look real close, there appears to be a triangular shape hanging from the 
back of the neck.  This would match what Cate describes below.  It looks to me 
as if the entire cloak is lined in a dark color.  That's the only way some of 
the draping lines make sense to me.  I also think that the trim is actually two 
small squares, one on each side, applied to the hood.  They look to me to be 
white with brown trim around the edges.  And, of course, most of those squares 
would be hidden under the fold of the hood.

As for the baker selling bread, my guess would be that he is wearing a white 
tunic and with possibly a white cloak of the same type which is thrown back 
over his right shoulder, while the left side covers his arm to the wrist, 
leaving the hand free.  I guess the question would be whether or not he was a 
citizen entitled to wear a toga, followed by whether he would wear his toga 
(they were expensive) to work in his shop/booth if he was.

Now you have more questions to ask of the experts.  ;>)


-----Original Message-----
From: h-costume-boun...@indra.com [mailto:h-costume-boun...@indra.com] On 
Behalf Of RC Weber
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 12:10 AM
To: Historical Costume
Subject: Re: [h-cost] Roman experts?

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 
> -https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Sale_of_bread,_fresco_(from_Pompeii)
>  - 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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