Shepherd's coat

Like sheepskin or fur, this heavy garment serves as an excellent shield from the weather. Long wool strands on the inside provide warmth and comfort to a shepherd who may spend cold nights in the mountains tending to sheep. The fabric is so thick and dense, a wolf or stray dog cannot bite through it.


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  • Shepherd's Coat

    Shepherd's Coat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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  • Shepherd's Coat

    Shepherd's Coat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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  • Shepherd's Coat

    Shepherd's Coat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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  • Shepherd's Hat

    Shepherd's Hat

    Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Eastern Afghanistan or Asia: South Asia, Pakistan, Northwest Frontier Province

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What was the life of a shepherd like in the 20th century?

responded: Jul 27, 2012

Posted by VIC224Y - Intro to Material Culture Uoft

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It has twelve separate component pieces are hand sewn and stitched together. The component pieces,that in sum, make the whole of the coat are likely cuts from a larger piece of wet felted wool. It has an overall natural beige colour, as the wool has not been dyed. It has a rough, thickish texture on the exterior while a woolly tassel-like interior. Wool strands hang from the interior of the coat, except in the sleeves and hood. It is in good condition, but it does appear to be worn. The cuffs of the coat permit mobility of the wrist; this is valuable to the shepherd as he would still feel capable of tending to the herd without being burdened. First and foremost, the coat needs to accommodate the wearer; otherwise it fails to perform sole function. The openings in the front of the coat, where pockets would be, ensure that the wearer has access to the contents of his pockets with relative ease. The front of the coat is remains open. It does not appear it was meant to be closed or fastened, but remained open. Being open further promotes mobility, range of motion and ventilation. If need be, the shepherd could readily take the coat off as quickly as the weather of Spain could possibly change.

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