Ars liturgica – being sacred and beautiful

Ars liturgica – being sacred and beautiful

Pavla Lazárková Trizuljaková

Exhibition Ars liturgica – Liturgical robes was organised in the Chapel of Saint John the Evangelist in Bratislava in July 2011. The unique atmosphere of the 14th century gothic chapel was used to host a rare textile and clothing theme. Making sacral textile clothes has hardly any tradition in Slovakia. Liturgical clothes must be truly functional, beautiful and made with workmanship. It is the activity somewhere between liturgy, visual art and theology.

In 2000, Marta Bošelová (1955) designed a collection of hand-made knitting machine chasubles for the church in the village of Liptovské Sliače. Bošelová plays with texture, thickness and colours of knitted fabric which adopts plastic shape by adding various details and making small symbols embroideries. She uses various colours and quality of yarns to produce a required set of liturgical colours.

Mária Fulková (1962) designed woven chasubles as her graduation project. It was a unique act in then-Czechoslovakia because it was rather unknown theme in the socialist country. She made the clothes using a weaving loom. She believed that making a fabric with her own hands is an expression of respect for a sacral robe. Artistic value and simplicity are main strengths of the robes.

Zuzana Boteková and Karin Kolčáková made sacral robes as an answer to the task they had been assigned – Light. Zuzana Boteková (1969) used a special two-layer technique to make her version of a robe. She used a classic Christian Latin cross as her inspiration. Karin Kolčáková (1976) used a special two-layer technique to make a robe.

Petra Graffe (1983) made a collection of white liturgical chasubles as her graduation project. She was inspired by a crucifix, heritage after her grandmother, she had found. Her chasuble she called Missio vitam is inspirational in textile and creative aspects.

Jana Zaujecová (1977) made a collection of six robes in 2003 which have historical and theological inspirations. The author used biblical materials – wool and silk. She used the felting technique and silk collage to make textile miniatures which she then used on a large liturgical robe.