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Kneeling man in blue

detail from painting of a kneeling man seen from behind

This wealthy male is wearing a robe of figured (patterned) or cut velvet. The hem is trimmed with a narrow fur border or 'filetto' as are several of the richer costumes. Over the left shoulder he wears a short cloak or 'sbernia'.

Hose or stockings, known as 'calze', were usually made from woollen cloth but sometimes from silk. In male garments they are attached to the doublet by eyelets and laces but it is not clear how ladies’ stockings were attached. Harder footwear was often worn over the stockings but when calze were worn without shoes a piece of leather or felted wool was attached to the sole of each foot, as seen on the kneeling man in blue.