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This is a bysantinian devotional dress from 14th century (chasuble or dalmatic), very richly embroidered by christian motives. It is presently located in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatikan. For a long time it was considered a dalmatic of Charlemagne. The pattern is very simple, consisting of 2 identical pieces (front and back) which were probably extended on the lower rim to achieve the proper length. Those 2 pieces are only sewn together on the shoulders and along the arm under the armpit. There are no other seams in the garment. The overall length of the garment is 160 cm, suggesting that it was made for a very tall man.


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Based on: Photographs and measurements from Metropolitan Museum, New Yorku.


Patterns of extant garments - Outer garments, part 1
Copyright Martina a Martin Hřibovi 2006