The winter caftan: Lindsey Thornburg wool cloaks.

Obviously I’m going to gravitate toward anything with a degree of absurd volume. Wearing things that simulate being in bed when I actually have to be elsewhere is ideal. Winter puts the hurt on my caftan collection, though. I liken it to really swollen pregnant women who can’t wear their own jewelry. Until they make elastic/platinum hybrid blends, you can’t fight mother nature.

But caftan lovers can heave a collective sigh of relief. Lindsey Thornburg designs these made-to-order ponchos from Pendleton milled wool and they are insanity! I need 10.

[Left, Harding Blue; Right, Harding Cream, both $985.]

The attached shawl collar works as a hood, which is sheer brilliance. No more walking into restaurants in the winter and unveiling sweaty hat head. [Northern ladies know.] 

[Left, Mexican striped, $860; Right, San Miguel, $1080.]

Definitely not in the financial ball park. Anyone with really clever, easy DIY ideas, I’m all ears. It can’t be that complicated… what if I buy this and cut a head hole in it? Or, I could just get this baby:

[Pendleton fringed shawl, $218.]

So the pregnant lady/jewelry comparison might not have been totally fair. They really are going through a lot: physical hardship, honorable burdens, emotional rollercoasters, loving sacrifices… I mean, giving up wine is not easy.


p.s. not into Pendleton prints? Check out this post at Holier than Now featuring a load of other gorgeous ponchos/shawls/blankety wraps.

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7 Responses to “The winter caftan: Lindsey Thornburg wool cloaks.”

  1. September 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    i want one of these! amazing print :)

  2. September 28, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    Check out blackmarketbaby on etsy. She has one amazing cloak you must check out…for a muuuuuch better price!

  3. September 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    dammit!! i KNEW i should’ve gone to the Price is Right with my besties today!! i neeeeeeeeeed $1k for the grey one, Carey!! help me!


  4. Marj
    September 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    I have a pendelton blanket that my mom made for me, it’s like the size of a twin bed and weighs about 50lbs. … and Shannon is taking a draping class right now, maybe we can hook you up on the cheap.

  5. September 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    now I have a weekend project!
    I think if I scour the Internet to find fantastic fabric and employ my trusty singer I can come up with something simular. The texture is amazing and the design is beautifully simplistic. If I so get it right… and that is a big IF … I will send pictures and promptly open a etsy site.

    • Corks and Caftans
      September 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

      YES! I can’t wait!

  6. October 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    Oh I love these. The harding blue and cream are definitely insanity. Why must they be $1000? Harrumph.

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