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Fr Fox commented on the deep gold color of the pope’s vestments for a dedication of a parish church.
I have a friend who, sadly, lacks a web page, but who acts as sort of an independent merchant in vestments and similar items. He contacts me a few times a year when he’s near Kansas City and I keep my antennae up for clergy who might appreciate his work. He will confess that he can supply cloth for a local person to sew a chasuble or something, but I think he prefers to shop vestments his associates make. One of his colleagues developed a very satisfying way to transfer digital images to cloth. It was amazing. I couldn’t use it, but I was amazed.
If a priest wishes to explore beyond the standard fare in the catalogues and the leftovers from the previous pastor, my first recommendation is to find someone who can sew and tailor vestments. Such a consultant might assist the priest in the purchase of fabrics from secular sources. Vestment cloth does come from the same animal, vegetable, or non-living sources as regular clothing.
Next step would be to peruse the many styles of liturgical vesture. My wife testifies her mother could develop sewing patterns from looking at a garment. If you have such a person at hand in your parish, great. But vestment patterns are available if you know where to find them.
As an artist, I find the notion of commissioning an artist to design and execute vestments to be a happy one. I actively discourage my friends and foes from purchasing statuary from catalogues. why should liturgical clothing be any different?
And many of the high-end liturgical goods companies might be willing to custom-design and manufacture something of your choice. If you think you’re bound to the usual ecclesiastical shades of white, red, green, and violet … you’re not. But don’t try a gold vestment during Advent unless you’re dedicating a church.