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#1 Nishijin

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:48 AM

Casentino cloth is a traditionnal cloth from Tuscany, in Italy. Its history extends way back in time, to the medieval camaldolese monks. It is a rough woollen cloth, with a thistle-risen nap that form small loops on the surface. It is very strong, protects well from wind and rain, and lasts a lifetime. The tuscan well-dressed men like to have an overcoat made from it, similar to an ulster overcoat, in the traditionnal bright orange hue, with a fox collar (some say it's wolf fur, not fox). Lining is a woolen green. And it seems to be relatively cheap.

Edit : technically, it is a member of the ratine family of cloth.




This cloth came back into fashion a few years ago, and it is easy to find information about it and pictures of garments made from it on the usual fashion blogs and fora.

What I can't find is a supplier. Jodek international seems to have it in the US but I want a source in Europe. Of course, when I ask in France nobody knows about it. Since some italian tailors do work with this cloth, it must be available somewhere. But where ?
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:02 AM

http://tacs.it/

Not sure if they are willing to sell the cloth only.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

tacs used to sell casentino fabric by metrege.

If you want to speak with somebody who know everything about Casentino Coat, you should speak with Sartoria Morganti, Castagneto Carducci.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:28 PM

Thanks !

I've sent an email to Tacs.

I'd love to speak with Mr Morganti, but I don't speak italian at all... Maybe some day I'll be able to travel there...
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:10 AM

Thanks !

I've sent an email to Tacs.

I'd love to speak with Mr Morganti, but I don't speak italian at all... Maybe some day I'll be able to travel there...


Mr Morganti was the old owner of the tailor shop in Castagneto Carducci. Now the shop is run by a Rumenian tailor called Florin. Maybe he could speak french or english.

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