Gaelic cloak or mantle, known as the Brat, has as long a history as
the Léine. But unlike the Léine, the Brat comes in a wide
variety of hues. Our Bratanna (plural) are made to the highest standards,
copying the established medieval style. The Brat is made in three pieces,
or strips of cloth, sewn together, giving a semi-circular shape. Such
methods of construction are not neccesary today, as we have wider looms
than those of the medieval period. However, we stick to the ancient
ways as we have found that the extra material, though it be little,
and the extra sewing, actually helps the garment to hang close to the
body and less likely to 'fly away' in the wind.
has a row of fringing, usually of wool, but sometimes of hemp or linen,
added all along the outer border. The fringing is thicker (and usually
longer) on the straight edge, at the part which sits along the shoulders.
A design that shows its true effect during inclement weather when it
acts as a protector against the elements. Any colour can be found on
the Brat including speckled cloth, stripes, checks and tartans. All
our Brats are hand-made and individual.
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Bratanna are made with the finest materials such as Irish wool, tweed
— Full size brat, on
average, has an amazing 54 feet of fringing (cotton or wool). There are approx. 1300 yards of yarn in hand-made wool fringing of full size brat and 850 yards of yarn in a hand-made wool fringing of half size. This makes the Brat a very time consuming and expensive item to
produce, but also authentic and unique.
do not have to be worn with traditional clothing. They look stunning
worn with modern attire including evening wear, see
examples immidiately below.