May 27, 2011

Tiara Pope Benedict XVI

Thank you very much Holy Father to allow me to present to you the Tiara during the audience on 25h May 2011!

24th May 2011, the day before

Thank you as well to everbody who supported me, especially Ms Milka Botcheva, an expert in Orthodox vestments and Mr John Sonnen who all the time encouraged me to go on with my plans. Now after two years of hard work I reached my goal.

Thanks to everybody who wrote me an email with all these nice compliments and appreciations for my work which reached me during the last days. I highy appreciate all your approval.

Thank you for all coverage and reporting, too.


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Nijemci darovali papi Benediktu XVI. papinsku tijaru - 26.05.2011





May 06, 2011

The White Papal Mitre

This kind of mitre is (strictly speaking)  only worn by the Pope when he died.

The body of Pope John Paul II lying in state wearing a white mitre made of Lame fabric (white silk with silver threads) and a gold embroidered band. The lining is iviory silk.

The body of Pope John Paul I lying in state.

Picture of the white papal mitre

From "Ettore Bianchi: Dizionario Internazionale dei Tessuti "
(Editore: Tessile di Como, 11/1999, 624 pages):

Lama (it. fr.)
lamato, laminato, tutta lama — it.
lamè — fr.
tissu de soie tout lame — fr.
llama — in. sp.
silk stoff shot with gold and silver — in.
ganzreicher Stoff — ted.
Lama — ted.
tejido de seda brocado totalmente — sp.

Tessuto rigido e brillante, generalmente di seta e cordonato, con una trama di seta alternata a una laminetta di oro fino o di argento fino, qualche tipo di lama era anche fatto con lama e filo oro o argento.
Da lama = laminato.

Tessuto, simile alla flanella, ottenuto con lana di lama con armatura o batavia o liscia o a spina o operata, accotonata al diritto e poco cimata. L'animale che fornisce questo pelo è un camelide (lama glama) dalle proporzioni di un cervo, con pelame soffice, lungo e lanoso, che vive dalle Ande cilene sino alla Terra del Fuoco in un habitat naturale sopra i 4000 m. Questo pelo può essere di quattro colori: bianco, marrone bruciato, grigio e nero. All'esterno il pelo è folto e ordinario, mentre il sottopelo è lucido e con grandi proprietà termiche. Il suo peso standard oscilla tra 300 e 450 g/mq. Si usa questa stoffa specialmente per confezionare giacche. Il tessuto è leggero, brillante, ma non morbidissimo. In genere vengono filate le fibre dei lama giovani entro il primo anno di vita.
Dal quetchua llama passato tale quale nello spagnolo e quindi nell'inglese.

Tessuto operato broccato in cui la trama è - in tutto o in gran parte - di oro fino o argento fino.

Pope Benedict XVI during Good Friday 2011

May 03, 2011

The Original Biretta was not Collapsible!

"La barett romaine ne se plie pas et reste constamment ouverte: rien n'est disgracieux, en effet, comme cette coiffure, si l'on s'avise de la plier en quatre et de l'aplatir, suivant le système français."
(To enlarge, click on the picture)

After Xavier Barbier de Montault  the "real" or original Roman biretta is not foldable/collapsible!
[Le costume et les usages ecclésiastiques selon la tradition romaine, Volume 1: Règles générales, le costume usuel, le costume de chœur, Letouzey et Ané, Paris, ca. 1900, page 229, last paragraph]


To visualize have a look at the following sketch:

A collapsibel/foldable biretta is not comfortable to wear and doesn't looks elegant.
1. You have open triangles over the ears, the forehead and the occipital.
2. You have pressure sores on 4 sides.
3. If the biretta is made of uncoated cardboard inside, it is very susceptible to rain.

4. "Putting a round peg in a square hole
Sounds easier than it actually is, in Biretta terms, but it does allow us to embrace a new word which is always a source of much rejoicing (apart from for Mother Prioress, who remembers Dr Johnson’s very first dictionary being published), and that word is: ‘dolichocephalic.’ It literally means long or oval-headedness , and is a highly important consideration when trying to fit a square box onto a circular, prolate or oval-shaped head. ..."
Domus Birettarum, 29th of March 2011

Oval shape, like the human skull 
Inside with a hat-sweatband to improve comfort when worn.

Perfect fit!

High-quality workmanship of a genuine Roman biretta
Custom-made by a professional milliner
Get such a biretta made for your cardinal or bishop!
He will like it for sure! And never wear a collapsible one.

Non collapsible Toque Avocat worn by Frensh lawyers
made by Ponsard & Dumas, Lyon, France
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