- So. After having been to an event and getting rained on profusely, I
find myself wanting to get/make a cloak that will be more resistant to
fairly heavy rain. I have a nice, comfortable, warm one, but it's
made of polyester; so while rain doesn't generally damage it it does
get saturated with haste.
So, my question is twofold: a) can polyester be waterproofed, saving
me some hassle, and b) if not, are there any other fabrics that are
period (or can pass for period) that would work? I've heard
conflicting things about wool on this point. How about microfiber?
Not period at all of course, but could probably pass. ;)
In days of yore, I'm told, cloaks and other rain-resistant clothing
were oiled. Does anyone know what fabric & oil was used? I've
searched a while on the internet for this(as well as the other stuff
up above) for a while to no avail.
- I know both the previous replies adviced that you use wool, but I
thought I should give a slightly different option. Some people (like
me) cannot wear sheep's wool because we are over sensitive to the
little barbs on the individual hairs. If you are one of these, check
into goat wool. Goat wool swells when the surface of the strand gets
wet, causing the fibers to lock more tightly together and repeling
the water. The outer surface may be wet, but the under side stays
P.S. (Wool has the added benifit that even when totally saturated,
such as might happen from sweat or falling in water, it still
provides excellent insulation. Even if you aren't dry, you can still