Description : A full-length white linen ecclesiastical tunic with long, close-fitting sleeves that is gathered at the waist with a girdle (cincture).
Alb (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)Subtypes :
Parts : The alb, in addition to the tunic part (top and skirt) and the sleeves, includes a collar, cuffs, and embroidery, such as shown along the hem in this depiction of the garment.
Preferred fabrics : The alb is generally made of linen.
Construction : Front, back, front sleeve, back sleeve, collar, front plaquette for neck
Sewing problem areas : There are no significant problem areas, aside from the need to use accurate and appropriate body measurements. Note that the linen should be preshrunk before being used - for this, wash and dry hot.
Example creations :
Example patterns : Making an alb (pdf), Guide for making an alb,
Uses worldwide : The alb is a liturgical garment worn in the Catholic, Anglican and several other protestant churches.
Origins and history : This was likely the tunic worn by Roman citizens, and its use within the Catholic church dates from the early days of the church. The garment has remained unchanged since as early as the 9th century. The name derives from the latin "albus" for "white".
Alternate names : Linea, Tunica linea, Poderis, Tunica Talaris, Talaris, Camisia, Alba, Alba Romana
Related or similar garments : Cassock, supplice
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