14th Century German Reliquary Bag

14th Century German Reliquary Bag

14th Century German Reliquary Bag

Detail of Reliquary Bag - opening

Detail of Reliquary bag

Detail of Reliquary bag

I spent a summer making this replica of a 14th Century German Reliquary Bag. I learned the brick stitch, which took three tries before finally completing the bag!) as well as the braiding technique on the sides of the bag, with instructions by the incomparable Racaire, which is a decorative and secure way to bind the edges. The ground fabric is an evenweave with fine pearl cotton for the stitching. The hand-stitched grommets allow the finger-braided closure to securely close the bag. In Medieval times, a bag of this sort was used to hold a sacred relic. For a study of these bags, check out this site: http://cottesimple.com/articles/aumonieres/ .

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