Exactly what Marco Polo wore in his famous travels is not recorded, but no doubt his go-to garment was a sturdy, generously cut robe with a hood to ward off the desert sun and the tropical rains, and long enough to protect him from the Alpine frost. Wide sleeves and a flared skirt permit rapid action when attacked by banditti. Nothing ostentatious, but still--mysterious. Intriguing. Conveying a certain presence.
Our Traveler's Robe: Signor Polo would have loved it.
Poplin. One size; approx. 56" from shoulder to hem; chest = 54" at underarm. Closed at the neck with a single brass button.
Cleaning instructions: If you have drawn a map to the fabled but long-lost Diamond Mines of Immortality on the inside, do not wash!!! If not, swish it out in the next oasis and hang to dry on the tent pole overnight.
Broadcloth: Cotton/polyester blend, shirtweight. Does not wrinkle, shrink or fade. Permanent press (warm wash, tumble dry low heat, remove promptly). Black, red, burgundy, navy, hunter, brown.
Brocade: Cotton plus various synthetic fibers, with same-color woven patterns, which will vary. Sturdy weight. Dry clean. Blue, hunter, burgundy.
Canvas: Also called Duck Cloth. Stout cotton fabric with a coarse weave. Black, white, red, brown, or hunter green. Will fade like jeans. Cold wash, tumble dry low heat or line dry.
Fleece: Synthetic with velour-like drape; popular for outerwear. Good, practical substitute for wool. Black, burgundy, hunter green. Check for color availability before ordering; can vary with season. Washable, but dry cleaning is recommended to preserve the shape of capes.
Muslin: Garment-quality, 100% cotton (not coarse utility muslin). Cold wash, line dry recommended. White or natural.
Poplin: A cotton/polyester blend that does not wrinkle, shrink or fade. Heavier than shirtweight. Permanent press (warm wash, tumble dry low heat, remove promptly). Black, red, burgundy, navy, hunter.
Suede Cloth: A heavy, woven suede-like cloth of 100% polyester. Dry cleaning recommended.
Wool: A natural fiber from sheep; wool blends include man-made fibers of various kinds. Holds colors well. Dry cleaning is recommended, but may be hand washed in cold water and dried flat. Do not wring. Never use hot water or a dryer. For seasonal storage, clean first and use the moth repellent of your choice.