Loden cape

Loden ladies coat

A loden cape is an overcoat of Tyrolean origin, made of a thick, water-resistant woolen material with a short pile known as loden cloth, first produced by peasants in Austria. This fabric is derived from the coarse, oily wool of mountain sheep and has a traditional earthy green colour. The name is derived from Middle High German "lode" or from Old High German "lodo", meaning "coarse cloth".[1] It is a cloth of traditional Tracht worn in both Austrian and German Tyrol.

To produce loden cloth, strong yarns are woven loosely into cloth which then undergoes a lengthy process of shrinking, eventually acquiring the texture of felt and becoming quite dense. It is then brushed with a fuller's teasel and the nap is clipped, a process which is repeated a number of times until the resulting fabric provides good warmth for the weight, and is relatively supple, windproof, and extremely durable.[2] It is a subclass of the wools known as "melton".[3]


  1. ^ "Definition of 'loden'". Collins Dictionary. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  2. ^ John Vinocur (October 11, 1981). "World shopper; in the land of London, European preppy". The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Coarser or thick heavy fabrics". Vintage Fashion Guild. Retrieved June 26, 2016.

Media files used on this page

Jute nahtlos.png
Author/Creator: SoylentGreen, Licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0
Hessian Fabric made seamless. It will serve to create a normal map in Blender.
Batik Indonesia.jpg
Author/Creator: MartijnL, Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0 nl
Batik cloth purchased in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
MacLachlan hunting tartan (D. W. Stewart).svg
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A representation of the Maclachlan hunting tartan. This tartan is the oldest tartan to bear the name MacLachlan. This tartan is referred to as the Old MacLachlan, MacLachlan, and Hunting MacLachlan. This sett was first published in Old & Rare Scottish Tartans by D. W. Stewart in 1893.
Thread count: Y6, W4, Bk32, G32, Y6, W4, R48.
Sources: MacLachlan Clan Tartan WR1710 MacLachlan Hunting Tartan
Green ladies coat.JPG
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Green ladies coat, label: Loden Frey München 83% wool 12% polyamide 5% polyester. Photographed in the collection of the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945, the Netherlands, archive number 3.2.460.