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The Paenula

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A cloak of cloth copied from the Greek peasants. It was in common use among all classes, both men and women, as a travelling or rain cloak, and was an important garment with the peasantry. In colour it was dark,
and in shape a semicircle with the straight
edges fastened down the centre-front, converting it into a bell or funnel. Alternatively, the edges were sewn
together down the front; but in either case it fitted close round the
figure. A hole was left for the head, which was usually encircled with a

Costume and Fashion
The evolution of European dress through the earlier ages
By Herbert Norris
Published in 1924
Available at
Costume, Fashions, Rome