Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Moiré Papal Soutane

Here you can see the collar.

Pope John Paul II wore the papal moiré soutane once, his first day on the job. Benedict has never worn it.


  1. But Bene's lower sleeves are made of it, as is his fascia, as are traditional. It is true that the "grain" of these components are harder to see, but they are absolutely watered silk. In fact, I didn't know that collars (or the whole thing, if that's what you mean) of papal soutanes were made of it. I was always under the impression that only the lower sleeves and fascia were. I've never seen a watered silk collar in an old pic. Perhaps this was something worn only when another piece was on top of the soutane?

  2. The entire garment was made of watered silk. It was only worn on the most uber solemn occasions.