|The five cloaks mounted in the display mock-up|
Torso-shaped mounts were made from inert Plastazote foam and low-formaldehyde MDF, and covered in polyester wadding and conservation-grade fabric. Velcro strips were sewn to calico, and then attached to the back of each cloak using a herringbone stitch, passing between fibre bundles. The corresponding part of the velcro strip was sewn to the mount, and in this way the cloak could be held in place.
|Cloaks mock-up with tissue paper during the mounting process. The torso-shaped mounts can be seen underneath|
The cloaks selected for display include 1886.1.1124, a rain cape, and 1886.1.1134, a cape made from fibres from the cabbage tree (ti kouka, Cordyline australis) which has the remains of feathers still attached. Also chosen is 1886.1.1132, a cloak made from New Zealand flax and collected on the second voyage. It incorporates a red woollen thread which must have been obtained from a first voyage wool textile.
|A thread of red wool incorporated into the cloak|