Dictionary of fabrics in shakespeare

“Who wears a garment shapeless and unfinished?
Who plucks a bud before one one leaf put forth?”

Venus and Adonis

CHANGEABLE TAFFETA

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Clown: “Now, the melancholy god protect thee; and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal…” (Twelfth Night)

FLAX

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Catherine Riccardo

SIR TOBY BELCH: “Excellent; it hangs like flax on a distaff; and I hope to see a housewife take thee between her legs and spin it off.” (Twelfth Night)

STOCKING

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Janice Sung

MALVOLIO: “Remember who commended thy yellow stockings, and wished to see thee ever cross-gartered: I say, remember.” (Twelfth Night)

VELVET

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Sean Yang

MALVOLIO: ”Calling my officers about me, in my branched velvet gown; having come from a day-bed, where I have left Olivia sleeping…” (Twelfth Night)

DOUBLET

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Mercutio: “Didst thou not fall out with a tailor for wearing / his new doublet before Easter?” (Romeo and Juliet)

CHEVERIL

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Phyllis Yang

Clown: ”You have said, sir. To see this age! A sentence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit: how quickly the wrong side may be turned outward!” (Twelfth Night)

LEATHER

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Louis Howard

“How like a jade he stood, tied to the tree, serviley master’d with a leatheren rein! But when she saw his love, his youth’s fair fee…”(Twelfth Night)

FUR

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Shirley Hill

“Thorough tatter’d clothes [small] vices do appear, Robes and furt’d gowns hide all.” (King Lear)

RIBAND

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Jose Muller

Mercutio: “…for tying his new shoes with old riband? and yet thou wilt tutor me from quarrelling!” (Romeo and Juliet)


SMOCK

Domitius Enobarus: “This grief is crowned with consolation; your old smock brings forth a new petticoat: and indeed the tears live in an onion that should water this sorrow.” (Antony and Cleopatra)

GOSSAMER

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Bonnie Turner

Friar Laurance: “Here comes the lady: O, so light a foot / Will ne'er wear out the everlasting flint: / A lover may bestride the gossamer / That idles in the wanton summer air, / And yet not fall; so light is vanity.” (Romeo and Juliet)

RUFF

“And you in ruff of your opinions clothed; What had you got? I'll tell you: you had taught / How insolence and strong hand should prevail, / How order should be quelled…” (Sir Thomas More)