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A balmacaan is a "loose, full overcoat with raglan sleeves, originally made of rough woolen cloth."[1] It is named after an estate near Inverness, Scotland,[1] and is a single-breasted coat, often a raincoat.[2] To decrease risk of water penetrating the coat, the number of seams is reduced by bringing the sleeve to the collar rather than to the shoulder as usual.[2] A balmacaan has raglan sleeves and a Prussian collar, and is usually made of tweed or gabardine.[3]


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  3. ^ "What is a balmacaan?". The Dreamstress. August 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-03.