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Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Much Ado About Nothing, 3.4.19-20: "cloth o' gold, and cuts, and laced with silver"


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Much Ado About Nothing,
Act 3, Scene 4, lines 19-20.
A preliminary note: Wedding dresses were NOT white!!

cloth o' gold: cloth of gold. —Gold thread was used in this very rich fabric. The image below shows a section of a liturgical stole made of cloth of gold.

cuts: slashed openings in a garment, revealing the fabric underneath. —In the image below, there are cuts in both the bodice and the lower sleeves.

laced with silver: embroidered with a pattern of silver thread. —In the image below the foliage pattern (lower center corner) is done in cloth of silver.

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"cloth o' gold"
Source:
Mary Corbet's
Needle 'N Thread
Lais of Cornith with "cuts"
by
Hans Holbein the Younger
Source:
Wikipedia:
Hans Holbein the Younger
Sleeve Detail "laced with silver" from the
Portrait of Jane Seymour
by Hans Holbein the Younger
Source:
Tudor Dress: A portfolio of images