The Capote

The members of the matador’s team and the matador face the bull with the CAPOTE at the begining of the bullfight

In the first two stages of the bullfight, the cape is used to “situar en suerte”, in

other words, to take the bull to an ideal spot to be jabbed by the Picador and to be

stabbed in the neck with the “Banderillas”. But the bullfighter also uses the cape

artistically. There is a wide range of ways of using the cape.

The Capote is a piece of cloth 113 or 123 cm long and weighing 4 or 6 kg.

In the early days of bullfighting the knights went out on horse back and their assistants on foot dressed in cape and they used them in their fight with the bull. Over the years this Capa was replaced by the Capote, which was red and made of wool. Currently it is pink ahead and yellow, green, blue or purple behind, according to the preference of the bullfighter. Nowadays the Capote is made of synthetic material (nylon) or silk to prevent the horn from engaging the cloth and it is treated with chemicals to keep it from penetrating the animal’s blood and to give it weight and stiffness.

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