Set of liturgical vestme...

Textiles and clothing


Set of liturgical vestments

Valencia (fabric and braiding)
Mid-18th century
Taffeta with pattern of polychrome wefts: silk warps and wefts. Braiding of silk and gold

Provenance unknown
MEV 16295

Fabric with background in taffeta decorated with fushing warp weave five and design of polychrome patterned wefts tied by twill of three; polychrome silk warps and wefts; done on the draw loom. Braiding of silk and gold, patterned epaulette and fringe done on braiding loom. Fabric and braiding done in Valencia in the mid-18th century; some of the pieces have braided cotton strings and tassels attached in the 20th century. Fabric brocaded, in other words decorated on the loom when it was made. The 'rapport', or decorative unit of the pattern, is a large oval of flowers that in the centre has a landscape with a palace or pavilion with a lake in front of it, in which the building is reflected. The background is decorated with hexagons with fushing inside, pink in colour. The chasuble and the dalmatics are of a single fabric. The scapular of the former and the paraments of the latter are marked by epaulettes of silks and gold with stylised floral decoration, which pass over the fabric. In the 18th century, with the technical perfections of the draw loom that made it possible to produce highly decorated fabrics, the manufacture of liturgical ornaments made from a single piece of material was common. This set of liturgical vestments also includes the corporals bag. The outside of it is the same material and fastens with an acorn-shaped stud and a ring of silk braiding. On the inside it is lined with plain silk taffeta and between both materials there is a cardboard frame to keep it rigid. It was used by the officiating priest to contain the corporals cloth, on which the chalice and the Sacred Host are placed.

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