Friday, May 21, 2010

FYI: For Those with an Interest in Clergy Hats

This is the "alloussi" (skullcap of Maronite rite clergy from Lebanon) made of felt with woolen pompom.

Photo courtesy of Dieter who is a German with the world's largest private collection of clerical hats - a truly amazing collection.

See his popular book here and get a copy for your coffee table:

N.B. Alloussi in Arabic is : قللوسي


  1. is it in English, too?

  2. First edition is German.

  3. What cool hats!

    There's a Maronite church here in my Upstate New York hometown...for some odd reason, the church is named for St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Latin Rite Saint! But it's really beautiful inside-very Eastern!

  4. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog; nice photos, keep up the good work.

    I am a deacon in the Orthodox Church (Patriarchate of Antioch, Archdiocese of North America), and I found this post regarding Maronite clergy headwear interesting. In the Orthodox Church, many of our clergy also wear the aloussi, but ours take a different form than the Maronites version: