Clerical Vestments: Ceremonial Dress of the Church

Clerical Vestments: Ceremonial Dress of the Church

by Sarah Bailey


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Churches up and down the United Kingdom have some remarkable collections of the most exquisitely embroidered clothing which are part of our hidden heritage. Our cathedrals hold in their treasuries some of the most beautiful textile pieces ever produced in Europe and beyond. There is a whole fascinating history to these priestly vestments and how they developed for use in our churches here in Britain and the West of Europe. This book touches on the tradition and mysticism which surrounds church vestments and the role these garments continue to play in the 'theatre' of church, how colour and ornament were and are still used as visual symbols of Christian faith. Sarah Bailey explores both historical and contemporary production of clerical vestments including some of the practicalities of design, the symbolism of colour, the sourcing of fabrics and the embroiderers themselves.

TOC: Introduction /The London Season /Origins and 'rules' /The ritual of court presentation /How to be a debutante /Parties /Famous debutantes /The last debutantes /Index

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747812210
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Series: Shire Library Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Sarah Bailey was trained at Glasgow School of Art in Embroidered and Woven Textiles where she first encountered the discipline of goldwork for ecclesiastical use. She has taught and lectured on various aspects of textile design and practice to all sorts of groups and continues to be commissioned by churches countrywide making vestments and frontals. Her ecclesiastical work references tradition but using modern techniques and materials alongside the very traditional. Sarah lives in south Somerset with her husband, a priest with nine churches, running workshops, lecturing, and exhibiting her textile work. The author lives in UK.

Table of Contents

Textiles and the Church 4

The Evolution of Clerical Vestments 8

Fabrics 30

Colour and Symbols in Vestments 38

Embroidered Decoration 46

The Makers 56

Further Reading 62

Places to Visit 63

Index 64

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