Dusters developed from long coachman coats in North America and Australia toward the end of the 19th century. A horseman or cowboy would wear one for protection against dust, rain, and wind while on horseback dusters are the forerunners of today's functional textiles.
Like most dusters, our black duster is cut long and very roomy, and has slits at the front and back to make it sitting in a saddle more comfortable. The wide front placket with snap fasteners extends from below the collar to the hips to provide excellent wind protection. This black duster has the obligatory shoulder cape in this case, detachable for protection against rain, two inner pockets, and two roomy outer ones. It is made of 100 percent cotton, woven to be especially robust.