Hood and cloak in one, made invariably of black cloth gathered on to a frame held in the right hand. Tradition says that the Maltese women adopted the faldetta to hide their faces from their French conquerors.


The għonnella (pl. għonnielen), sometimes referred to as a Faldetta, was a form of women’s head dress and shawl, or hooded cloak, unique to the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo

Maltese Lady in traditional costume, old b+w postcard, unposted

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