Medieval Inspired Work From Atelier Sirio

By way of follow up to the last post, here are a few more that caught my eye, coming from Atelier Sirio in Italy. When it comes to the fuller form of vestments, one of the styles that is particularly appealing is the conical form as well as some of the truncated forms of it. The former have to be worn correctly and many find them difficult and heavy -- which is quite likely why in the course of vestment history, it was cut back. A truncated form of this can help resolve this issue while still maintaining the elegance of the conical form.

Atelier Sirio offers various examples of this sort of full gothic or moderated conical work (to really identify the shape we'd need to see them laid out flat). These sorts of forms were something that saw a revival in the Liturgical Movement in the context particularly of the monasteries. These sorts of shapes and patterns are really quite dignified and stand out from the myriad of semi-gothic forms that became common in the mid to later 20th centuries.

Here is one of their green chasubles that particularly caught my attention:





You can see the textiles are what I will call "rustic," but that works very well in this form of chasuble. The orphrey pattern is entirely historical and classically medieval of course. This really is extremely noble.

In a very similar vein is this red chasuble:


A little bit of detail to show you some of the texturing:


This is what good "rustic" looks like in my estimation.  I will say that I do prefer the orphrey patterns on the green model above this however as it provides greater visual interest, especially on the back side.

One more in a similar vein that comes from their archive:



All of these represent another stream of the noble tradition of the liturgical arts -- one that is perhaps underrepresented.  These would work extremely well within a monastic context, but I wouldn't limit it to just that.  These could also work very well in certain parishes. One introductory possibility that could work well is to commission one of these in violet. The simple textures and textiles, along with the ancient form, would fit nicely with a penitential season like Lent.
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