from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An outer garment worn by Maltese women, usually made of silk. See the extracts.
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We are all aware of the value of a costume, such as the dress of the Pompadour era: the Swiss peasant's bodice, the Normandy cap, the _faldetta_ of the Maltese, the Hungarian national dress, the early English, the Puritan square-cut, the Spanish mantilla, the
On our return, we found the streets thronged; braziers with roasted chestnuts stood at every corner; strings of mules, loaded with wine casks suspended on each side, were returning from the vineyards; and there was a gay promenade on the Corso — ladies with no covering for their heads but the graceful black _faldetta_, French officers in not very brilliant uniforms, and a sprinkling of ecclesiastics in _soutanes_ and prodigious beavers.
There were, however, sentries on duty, and a few seamen belonging to men of war; or merchantmen of various nations would pass by; and here and there a cowled priest, a woman in the dark faldetta, a ragged beggar boy -- or an old gentleman in three-cornered hat, a bag-wig, riding on a donkey, with