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Sunday, 24 January 2010

byzantine attire The Byzantine attire was created in the times when the Christianity made the first world achievements and distinguished with its astonishing asceticism and constant expectation of a miracle. All Christian wonders have a spirit as a source but not the body, and the Byzantine attire is fully penetrated with the idea to emphasize the spirit masking the body. It is interesting that when advocating the rejection of material benefits and announcing the world of sensitiveness as the world of vice and sin Byzantine put intentionally luxury attire onto the asceticism. The Byzantine attire is the intensified decoration, rich and luxury fabric, embroidery and luxury patterns and deep colors and abundance of jewelry.

Nevertheless, this intense and vivid beauty was to serve for the only goal that is to conceal the sinful body, sensitivity typical to every human being. The most essential part is the face, and the luxury of the Byzantine attire is only a frame for the spirituality expressed in the human face. This fact determines the apparent contradiction of the Byzantine attire between the intentional luxury and expressed asceticism when luxury is the frame for the spirituality, while the spirituality may robe luxury attires, and this only proves its value. Moreover, the spirituality requires lavish attires, the same as the precious stone needs the appropriate trimming. And yet, the astonishing pompousness of the Byzantine ecclesiastical robes and ceremonies are notable.

The shape of the Byzantine attire is determined with fabric, from heavy wool to silk and brocade. The fabric was solid and not at all elastic. The fabric was weaved or embroidered in metal threads and precious stones and here we should note that when one wears Byzantine attire, he should be of a good physical state to hold the heaviness of the fabric full of stones and metal. The Byzantine Empire was always reputed for its golden brocade with patterns and golden altabas resembling a thin metal sheet. This textile was used to manufacture various edging, stripes, neckpieces, trimming and decorative elements. They were also used to tailor suits for noble people.

However, the lightest, softest and sheer fabric was also used in Byzantine. Though, the fabrics were designed for women veils to cover the head. And why? Because that sensitive element should becovered, again. And these charming, and quite glittering tissue of veils and shawls, unlike the heavy and embroidered attires, added some unearthly beauty to a woman which is only associated with spirituality. These were the ascetic images, close to heavenly than to the earthy world.

Rigid fabric is suitable to create the only square case. The Byzantine attire is famous for its straight lines, and its cut is distinguished with a rare simplicity, especially compared with the unique richness of fabric. Straight vertical lines of the Byzantine attire fully hide the lines of a human body, whether of man or of woman, leaving just a face. No wais line, no thigh lines, and exclusively the harsh sincerity that impenetrably covers the body. The ratio of the width of the clothes to the height is one to third, while the size of the head to the height is 1:6.5. It is apparent that when using the ratio only the rectangle silhouette may be produced.   

We should note, though, that even with all that heavy weight and straight lines of the shape, the Byzantine attire was splendid. It was monumental and ceremonial. And the lightness was notrequired for the attire. It would be the same if we required light and smooth movements from telamons.

The fabric that appeared to be the genuine work of art, gave some unearthly charm and aura to Byzantine attires and the straight lines of the silhouettes looked majestic. On the top of it, this magnificence was highlighted with movements and walking of the person wearing the Byzantine attire. The point is that the Byzantine attire was really heavy and held the movements, and, thus, this is the reason of monumental grandeur of every gesture.

The Byzantine attire is the sketchy character of the person, the accent onto one constituent part of the human, and this is more the symbol of spirituality than attire.

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