Thursday, May 07, 2009

Borrowed From the Cathedral


I went over to the Cathedral at Arundel today and came home with these for the jubilee. No-one knows quite what their origin or date is, they are know as the "The Indian Red Set" but I don't think they are actually Indian, they are very fragile and in need of restoration, the tunicle and dalmatic are identical with tight sleeves, the neck of the chasuble is the normal Roman style opening, through the front looks as though it has been trimmed.



Any textile experts?

7 comments:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

One of the Oratorians said I'm not allowed to say ' wicked!'

big benny said...

I didnt know Laura Ahley made vestments! :)

Hestor said...

Very beautiful set Father. I hope you use these for your jubilee anniversary.

pelerin said...

These vestments are exquisite - how wonderful that they have been preserved and not destroyed. I'm so pleased you were able to borrow them for your Jubilee Mass on Tuesday.

Cannot help about their origins in spite of having studied the history of textiles - it was a long time ago. The design may indeed be Indian however, or more like a European's idea of an Indian design. There were periods when Indian and Oriental designs became fashionable in Europe and Church vestments may have been influenced by this.

bowsk said...

very william morris.

Uxis said...

The cut of the dalmatic and style of embridery would suggest 18th century Venice, the front of the chasuble suggests modification. necessitated by wear.

Delia said...

If you can get a couple of details of the embroidery, I can show them to someone who should be able to tell whether or not the work is Indian.