Another medieval vestment for you. Careby in Lincolnshire has the remarkable remains of a late fifteenth century cope. It is decorated with embroidered seraphs and this particularly lovely Assumption in the centre. The background is a glorious red silk velvet, a lot of velvets were used in medieval vestments, why do we not use them these days? Anyway the vestment must have been luxuriously rich when first made. Part of the cope survived as it was converted into the ‘decent carpet’ to cover the communion table, which was required by the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer.
With many thanks to Gordon Plumb’s photostream for this lovely photo, not easy to achieve as the panel is behind glass.