For 20 years, Cloak & Dagger has been creating original custom-made garb and more. They make “clothing for pagan weddings and ritual wear and altar cloths and handfasting cords and all kinds of stuff,” says Dina Flockhart, owner, designer, and creative impulse director.
As their name indicates, their most common item is cloaks. Long cloaks and short cloaks, cloaks for pagan rituals and for Renaissance fairs, cloaks of every color and style. But there is more; much more. Cloak & Dagger has made Korean hanboks (type of dress) for a wedding party. (1) They created monk’s robes out of stonewashed denim for a Quaker monk. They made Klingon outfits for two fans of “Star Trek.” (2) As the Boston Pagan Examiner interviewed Ms. Flockhart, she was using a hot melt glue gun to put the finishing touches on a pair of giant chicken feet for a customer who plans to dress as Boba Chicken from the animated television show “Family Guy.” “Sometimes garment choices are highly personal,” Ms. Flockhart says.
Although their specialty is custom-made items, Cloak & Dagger does keep racks of cloaks, dresses, shirts, bellydancing belts, and more in stock for immediate sale. “Not everybody knows they’ll need something before they need it,” Ms. Flockhart explains. Certain items, such as plain black ritual robes and plain black cloaks, are always in demand, and almost always available.
Custom-made pieces cost $25 to $35 per hour of labor needed, plus cost of materials. Ms. Flockhart tells of one woman who wanted to attend her handfasting ceremony sky-clad (unclothed). She compromised with her disapproving family by asking Cloak & Dagger to make her a simple cotton shift. It was “basically a big T-shirt,” says Ms. Flockhart. The total cost was only $50. At the other end of the scale, a reproduction of the robe Saruman wears in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, cost $1,500. (3)
You can visit Cloak & Dagger at 410 Great Road in Littleton MA (please call first), or online at www.cloakmaker.com. Many customers find Cloak & Dagger via the internet and place orders online from remote locations. “We sent things to Sweden this morning,” Ms. Flockhart reports.
Employee Caroline Foss says, “It’s always something different. We’re never doing the same thing every day. [Ms. Flockhart] has amazing and talented people working here.”
Cloak & Dagger will be at several upcoming local events, including New England Folk Festival in Mansfield MA, April 2011, and International SteamPunk City in Waltham MA, May 2011. See www.cloakmaker.com/events.html for more information.
(1) See a picture at www.cloakmaker.com/gallery/gal_Korean.html