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Red wool flannel cloak bearing label of E. J. Neale and Co., Mount Lebanon, NY

20th century

Object ID:
New York, Mount Lebanon
E. J. Neale and Company

Red woolen flannel, lined pleated hood, hook & eye clasp at neck, shoulder cape. Ribbon ties are detached, hanging loop detached on right side. Interior pocket lined with cotton twill. The cloak is traditional "Dorothy" style.


Sister Emma J. Neale told the donor, who purchased the cloak from her, that this was made with the last piece of German-dyed fabric the Shakers received from Germany before World War I. To learn more about Sister Emma's cloak workshop, read this blog post:

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Shaker Museum Cloak. Accessed on March 3, 2024


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Shane Rothe

Curatorial Associate

Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.