PEACOCK FEATHER CLOAK ONE

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    G'day Folks,

    This is me wearing my peacock feather cloak, which was inspired by the one that Sean Connery wore as the Immortal Swordsman Juan Sanchez Villa Lobos Ramirez (Crikey!) in the movie "Highlander". I've also seen similar items made by Pacific Islanders for assorted Grand Pooh-bahs.

    The cloak has fifteen hundred feathers incorporated into it. It took around three years to collect enough feathers.

    I began by purchasing stock from a cleaning supply shop in suburban Footscray which imported them because they thought they might make novelty 'designer dusters'! Didn't fly, so they sold them off as decorator items. I passed by the shop daily on the bus and filed the information away in my head against the day I had a need for feathers. Always pays to keep your eyes open!(Especially if you've got hundreds of them, like a peacock.) After I exhausted that supply more feathers came from a local lass who owned several peacocks and was willing to sell a bundle of feathers from their annual molt. The average peacock has in its train about 200 feathers so I eventually decided that I needed to find a larger supplier.

    I plugged into a specialist company in Sydney which charged by size rather than weight for postage.

    As I've pointed out many times, no peacocks were harmed in the production of this garment. The birdies shed their feathers annually and regrow them.

    This picture was taken by my partner Gail Adams.

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    1. zero g 60 months ago | reply

      I'll try tiny palpitation...

    2. eagoodlife 58 months ago | reply

      Elegant! Hope you're ok for an Aussie to blog this at eag-thegoodlife.blogspot.com

    3. tropicalsea 51 months ago | reply

      Those feathers would look better on the birds they came from.

    4. zero g 51 months ago | reply

      No worries eagoodlife!

    5. zero g 51 months ago | reply

      Cheers hanna kallebo neikter!

    6. zero g 51 months ago | reply

      They surely would tropicalsea, problem is, they probably would object to me trying to stick 'em back in! :)

      If you're comment is based on the birds being knocked off their perches to get the feathers that's not the way it works here...they shed their feathers and you pick 'em up off the ground. They're not even kept in cages but wander cheekily around pretty much boss of all they survey.

      If it's an athestic comment then no worries, birdies are in the eye of the beholder!

    7. dancingmoonshadows 48 months ago | reply

      Magnificent! What a gorgeous cloak!

    8. zero g 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks dancingmoonshadows!

    9. GENERAL GENERAL 46 months ago | reply

      Are you bisexual?

    10. zero g 46 months ago | reply

      No General General. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

    11. SashaDensikoff 46 months ago | reply

      What sort of moron in this age of information seems to think that peacocks must be killed for their feathers? That big tail is huge and ungainly and is grown only to impress the ladies during mating season. Then they ditch it for the rest of the year.

      As for the cloak - simply amazing!
      I haven't worked in feathers before - just about everything else though, lol! - and this is a gobsmackingly amazing example of what you can do with them.
      I've always wanted to make a cloak of feathers, (black crow for preference) but I never thought of using the feathers of the peacock.
      My hat goes off to you for your dedication, patience, and single-mindedness it would have taken to attach each of those feathers by hand.
      Congratulations on a job well done!

    12. zero g 46 months ago | reply

      Well SashaDensikoff, I'll assume that they didn't look it up...we do live in a world where animals are exploited just like that, all the time, internet notwithstanding.

      Ta very much for the compliments on the work. You're right, I am single-minded when the notion takes me....

      A crowquill cloak would be a labour of love, just collecting and cleaning the feathers would be a task in itself. Although I suppose if you happened to be the Keeper Of The Tower Of London Ravens it might be easier to lay hands on cast off feathers! There's a couple of city
      buildings where I am that would perhaps be good to check out, as their roofs are night time roosts for the local murder of crows.

      It would, of course, be easier to buy dyed feathers from a supplier. Pre-cleaned and fumigated too, I'd warrant.

    13. ~Misty~ 46 months ago | reply

      That is an amazing cloak, I LOVE it!

      I'm very jealous indeed and am making plans to visit the peacocks in my local park very soon ;o)

    14. lil_ruby 31 months ago | reply

      holy guacamole

    15. sirgoffery 29 months ago | reply

      I'm going to try to Make one. AKA Cloak I just can't find out the Number of feathers you need for something like this. I have 200 coming to me but I don't think that's all I need...

    16. zero g 29 months ago | reply

      1500 in this one, sirgoffrey, as I've written in the text. Good luck!

    17. StacyHurt 26 months ago | reply

      Hi! Perusing photos for peacock feathers and found this. Stunning piece of art! I am very curious as to how you attached the feathers to the material? Was it by hand or machine? Is that Green Velvet under there? Is the cloak lined? (I presume it must be for ease and protecting the stitching of the feathers.) How have you preserved this? Thanks! Stacy

    18. zero g 26 months ago | reply

      G'day StacyHurt, ta for the kind words.

      Regarding your questions:

      The green fabric is a felt like material chosen so I could stick the feather quills through it and not worry about having to hem the holes, although I did use, I seem to recall, use a drop of 'Fraycheck' on each hole, which was punched with an awl. I simply tacked the end of the quill with a couple of dabs of hot melt glue inside the cloak rather than sewing. It makes replacing the feathers completely simple, as I just lift up the lining (it's open at the bottom) and expose the quill ends of the feathers, rip out the broken one, and replace it. It's lined with a bright blue fabric that sort of echoes the blue in the feather eyes. As to how I've preserved it, I haven't done much special apart from try and keep moths away from it and every now and then give the cupboard a light misting of insecticide. Oh, and stopped the cats from sleeping on it when I've got it out. As most of my costumes are armoured and fairly hard wearing I expect puny fabric to jolly well keep up.... ;)

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