"Coate of Strip’d Stuff"
Original Author: Mark Hutter, journeyman tailor
Created: 2012
Medium: Material Culture, Glazed wool, linen thread, silk, wooden buttons

“Coate of Strip’d Stuff”

Colonial Virginia’s government required that representative members of Indigenous tribes with whom they held a tributary relationship wear specific clothing or badges for freedom of movement through English-controlled territory. Mark Hutter, a tailor and interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg, made this yellow, orange, and black-striped jacket in 2012 as an example of what the “coate of strip’d stuff” described in a 1646 treaty may have looked like. It is based on an English cassock coat in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. A diplomat or messenger wearing this jacket would stand out as a recognizable ally and thus be protected from the violence that would meet a member of a tribe that had not signed a treaty with the English. This reproduction coat is currently held at the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center.