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    • Join Date: Apr 2007
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    Cool Puffing

    In this sentence:

    Bright scarlet puffing protruded from the slashes in his shabby fustian doublet

    Obviously, we are talking about someone from 16th century, a doublet not being a contemporary garment. My problem is this "puffing". It seems that this doublet has some slashes -I infer verticals and as a decoration-, from which is exiting something of scarlet colour, this something is "puffing", but I've no idea what kind of staff puffing is here.

    Thank You for any assistance.


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    Re: Puffing

    Men's doublets and women's dress-sleeves in the late 16th through the early 17th century were often padded - several laters of fabric, one over another. The top fabric was then slashed, and the underlying fabric pulled through as though puffing out, giving a contrast in colour.

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    Your quotation mentions fustian. Someone wearing fustian is most unlikely to have intentional and fashinable puffing. It was one of the cheap woollen fabrics.

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