opus anglicanum

(Latin: “English work). Opus anglicanum is fine embroidery on velvet¬† with silver, silver-gilt and silk thread, embellished with pearls. It was produced for ecclesiastical and secular patrons in medieval England (late 12th to mid-14th c.). Web resource here. Video here.

Chichester-Constable-Chasuble-1335-600x400The Chichester-Constable Chasuble (detail). Silver and silver-gilt thread and colored silks with pearls on velvet.  Ca. 1330-1350. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.