The Fellowship Cloaks
The airy grey cloaks that Galadriel gives the fellowship in Lothlorien are
worn by the group in the final part of the Fellowship of the Ring movie.
They will be continued to be worn by some characters throughout the rest of
These simple appearing, yet elegant cloaks have captured the imagination
of many folks. What we are going to do in this section is study these
cloaks in detail and help you recreate this for yourself... to whatever
level of detail you are interested in. While the basic cloak is really
easy, the quest of the perfect weave of the perfect fabric will go on. These are a good mirror for many
of the costumes, simple on the surface, but with much depth.
The replicated Elven leaf brooch is the only piece of Jasmine's jewelry
where they actually made a mold of the original to use it for mass
reproduction. As a side note, they made 60 brooches for the movies in
all (for scale doubles, stunt doubles, etc.).
Cloak Pin detailing
|Back of the pin
Scale of Measure mark
4.8-5cm - hobbits
7cm - human
9.5 cm - large scale
|Side view of the pin fastening.
Fastening look to be hand made and is very stiff to work. The pin
goes the whole length of the broach
Art work by Anárien
- Designed by Jasmine Watson
- Options for making the pins, check out tips:
The Authorized Retailer
- Frodo is captured - TTT
- Frodo drawing his sword - Best shot of fabric is in "The Art of FOTR",
at the weapon's page.
- Fantastic detail of cloak near sleeve.
- Aragorn pledging his life to Frodo
- Look at the him of the cloak here. Notice it is not even. This
looks like the curve was cut when first made (not trued afterwards.
The hem rises at the shoulder and then drops again over the back.
This is not normally seen because they're wearing their packs
- Here the edge looks to be turned under very slightly and top
- Frodo looking up at Gladdy - perfect look at cloak
- Boromir blowing horn
- Sam and Frodo in boat - looking up
- Frodo on the rocks, from high angle - BtS
- Frodo and Sam on rocks w/ camera man in front - Bts
- Look at how cloak lays along Sam's shoulder, can see the stitching
link where the cloak is turned under to finish. Looks about 3/4 an
- Frodo and Sam on rocks, back view -BtS
- Look at Frodo's cloak and the rippling effect. This looks more
like the hem edge of the cloak may have been finished by machine
overcasting than turning in under twice the way the side seams are
- See Sam's long pointy hood. Seamed in center.
- Sam on rocks - BtS
- Sword point lifting the one ring
- Hobbit Cloak backs
- In a grand hall - backs Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli
- note: fabric on the right side, thin enough there's a bit of buckling
- Presentation of Gifts - backs of fellowship
- CU of the cloak fabric and pin
Yes, there are slits in the cloaks to get the quivers and packs to lay
properly. Not a good thing to do for a real life cloak, but it looks
ever so much better for the film. ;-)
- Movie magic.... If you spend a couple of hours trawling through all
the available pics, you come to one conclusion - there were two cloaks for
each character. (Actually more, if you count the stunt doubles, the
'midget' doubles etc...) There are some scenes , minus packs, where there
are back views, no slits, just nice cloaks. There are some views where the
cloaks are simply bunched up at the back where they've pulled them through
the straps on the packs. Then there are the pics where the cloaks
mysteriously hang down, although they are wearing their packs. This also
applies, not just to the Fellowship cloaks, but to the cloaks they wear in
the early part of the movie too - classic example is the Art of FOTR -
hobbits pics. In those pics, the only way to get the cloaks to lie flat is
slit cloaks, and it would also necessitate having to undo the straps on
the packs every time you wanted to get them on or off - which is certainly
not what they normally do!
There have in fact been many smaller threads on the slit topic, usually
dealing with 'how do I make them so I can get the cloak to hang flat with
the pack on, and then not have the holes visible when I take the pack
off?" Answer - you can't. Even if you do like the movie and have slits
maybe a hand span long, they will still show. Conclusion: for the
aesthetic sense of the film, they can do what we cannot, that is, have
multiples of everything. You need to choose how you will be wearing your
cloak, with or without pack, and then decide what to do.
- In the movie, the cloak often appears a grayish-green. The cloaks are
a natural grey wool. They take on that color because the scenes have
been "sweetened" in post-production, adjusting the colors... often towards
- Original description: "It is made from alpaca and something else, merino I think, all
natural fiber." Carolyn Fenton, Wardrobe Supervisor, LOTR,
Later we found out the true fibers were custom to one flock in NZ.
- While the Wardrobe supervisor said
it was "alpaca, maybe merino" the people who created the fabric said
it was all wool--specifically Stansborough Gotland wool. ( I got that directly from
Cheryl Eldrige of Stansborough fibers.)
- They have bred a specialized sheep that has been named the
Stansborough Gotland (officially classified as a separate breed from the
Gotland). The fleece is a clear grey color (from charcoal to silver),
grows in ringlets, and (at least in the two fleeces she sent me) has no
undercoat. The fleece almost reminded me of mohair--the fibers have no
crimp, rather like a lincoln. So the resulting yarn is a bit hairy--you
can see the "halo" on several view of the cloak.
- I have samples of the yarn they used (talk about having a holy
relic!). It's a fine millspun 2-ply, about 35 wraps per inch.
- The Stansborough roving--the cloaks were made in a combination of
the dark and the light grey--not the medium.
- If you want to shop locally (meaning the in U.S.) the fleece rather
reminded me of a soft Romney--or maybe a baby Lincoln. You can get those
in shades of gray, too. The thing that was nice about the Stansborough
is that it was a true gray--a lot of "gray" fleece tends to have
brownish tones, so you'd want to get samples first.
- in the very last scene of the movie, Sam raises
his arm, and the cloak fabric looks almost gauzy. Of course, it
could be both, if it was done in a very open weave so it could be
fulled enough to obscure the pattern, yet still have that gauze
*Fulled: for those non-textile persons, this means washing the
fabric with some agitation after it's off the loom. This shrinks the
wool slightly (or a lot, depending on how much you full it) and
becomes thicker, softer, and fuzzier.
- Grey. To reiterate from an earlier message, the fabric was
produces by Stansborough Fibers, Inc. in New Zealand, from their
Stansborough Gotland sheep, a breed developed for a fleece with good
luster and a clear grey color. They specialize in creating a
naturally-colored fabric for high-end fashion houses (source: Spin-Off
Magazine, Spring 2002).
- Note: the silver-grey does pick up the colors around it.
However, Stansbourough now
makes a version of the cloth in the green tones.
- Of course, I can't say whether or not the
wardrobe people overdyed the fabric after they got it, or if the different
shades we seem to see are a trick of the light. The wool does have some
shine, which might create a perceived color shift.
- (Additional note from Cat: there's too much color
shifting back and forth for them to be over dyed, they're green part of
the time because of the lighting and the post production color
- What we've seen at exhibits, looks grey. However, even on
exhibit, they are very susceptible to color changes, based on the
The artisans that wove the fabric for these cloaks are from Stansborough
Fibres . They are currently working on their own website but we have
ordering information over in
our artisan section.
- More notes of Stansborough Fibres
- Pattern - if you need a pattern and instructions, this will get you
- Folkwear Moroccan Burnoose - a half circle cloak with rectangular hood.
- See an example of the burnoose cloak pattern laid out flat:
- This is a Moroccan burnoose laid flat from Max Tilke. This is
almost identical to what we think the cloak pattern is except the
fellowship cloaks are shorter, the bottom hem is an exact half circle, and
the cloak hood is doubled.
See our cloak pattern
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