The professional bullfighting cape is a rigid and very heavy cloth, which measures about 100 and 125 cm and weighs between 4 and 6kg. You can customize the bullfighting cape at no extra cost, indicating the name in the CUSTOMIZATION field located below. As for the size, please measure the height from your belly button to the ground and add 10 cm. A standard measurement is 110-115 cm.
Its origin comes from the very beginnings of bullfighting when the knights who went out to fight bull on horses, wore a cape and used it with the bull. Formerly it was red and of a lighter weight. It is now used to fix the bull and to make artistic movements whilst receiving it into the ring.
The actual bullfighting capes or capotes are pink with internal lining in yellow, or sometimes blue or purple. They are made of synthetic material, nylon or silk, in order to avoid being destroyed by the horn of the bull, besides being treated so blood do not penetrate, and to give them more weight and stiffness.
This cape is not the same as the parade cape, which wear the bullfighters during their entrance to the plaza or paseillo and that is smaller and embroidered with gallons, gold and religious images.