Ceremonial and Ecclesiastical Embroidery

Everything from dazzling Mayoral robes to awe-inspiring church vestments

Visually arresting ceremonial and liturgical dress is a central aspect of pomp and circumstance spectacle the British do so well. From religious stoles and altar cloths to diplomatic uniforms, academic dress, coronation attire and full military dress uniforms. Hand & Lock are specialists in the embroidery techniques required to bring spectacle and splendour to a ceremonial occasion.

Whether a simple applique or an ornate gold thread embroidery the styles vary from the parades to the church but the commitment to craftsmanship remains consistent.

Hand & Lock are specialists in the ancient technique of goldwork frequently used in ceremonial and ecclesiastical embroidery due to it’s association with power and prestige. Goldwork can also be seen in the ceremonial dress for the State opening of Parliament, parades, coronations and state funerals with the precious materials prized for the way they reflect light.

Our team of embroiderers can use traditional embroidery techniques including goldwork to make traditional military accoutrements or can work with you to bring a new design to life.

Prices are typically subject to design and production. For bespoke work, the price is based on complexity, size, relief and placement. Some pieces including aiguillettes, tassels and sword knots are available to order through our online store.

To find out more about this service or any of the services offered by Hand & Lock please contact us on the form below or call our London studio on 0207 580 7488.

Examples of Different ceremonial and Ecclesiastical projects

The care and attention applied to the making of hand embroidered ceremonial and ecclesiastical pieces is reflected in the breath-taking final result. The painstaking detail is evident for all to see and the dine materials blur the boundary between textiles, jewellery and art. Such pieces are typically treated as precious heirlooms and are almost all destined for future museum collections.

Embroidered "lamb of god"
Fully embroidered serbian Diplomatic Uniform
The most noble order of the garter belt
Original embroidery design for a church altar cloth

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