Irish mantles were large, woollen overcoats. They bothered many English commentators for their ability to conceal.
Fynes Moryson (1566-1630): “worn over the head and ears … down to the heels, a notorious villain lapped in them may pass any town … without being known.” pic.twitter.com/JOBacIsZrQ
— 500 Years of Dürer’s Irish (@duerersireland) August 20, 2021
The long ‘manager’s puffa’ of its day.