We usually make winter Jedi and other robes from wool or PolarFleece (from Malden Mill) because both are warm, durable, and available in a range of colors. The heavy coat-weight wool is usually a melton, a type of felted wool that is soft, very warm, and must be dry-cleaned. We also stock mid and lightweight wools for warmer climates and indoor wear. Polar Fleece can be machine-washed and tumble-dried.
Other fabrics can be used to make robes, as long as they aren’t stretchy, and we’ve adapted a few stretchy ones as well. Summer weight robes can be made from wide cotton, rayon, linen, or polyester-blend fabric. We’ve also used specialty fabrics such as water-resistant polyester micro-fiber, and wool/cotton/polyurethane or vinyl raincoat fabric. We try to stock reasonably priced wools and other fabrics, buying directly from the mill when possible. We’ve got a number of colors, textures, and weights of wool in stock, as well as other fabrics like fleece. Please email or call if you have a question about what is available.