Article Number 84123
Smock: monastic work attire.
When the monks work in the abbey “Königsmünster” in Meschede they all wear a special smock. We thought this product could also be quite interesting for people who are not monks. Because the monastery tailor shop is too small, we have this smock produced outside the monastery, at a small manufacturer in Waltrop. The smock is quite simple and robustly made; it is put on like a sweater and extends, depending on the individual’s size, to the hips. It has no buttons that protrude or could easily be ripped off; you don’t have to worry about buttons getting stuck when working. The cotton material, in a firm twill weave with a fabric weight of 200 grams per cubic meter, is woven with a warp thread quality in Germany specifically for this piece of clothing. It protects the upper body against wind, injuries and dirt; simultaneously, it does not constrict and constantly remains in good form. The sleeves are cut wide and are thereby airy, and, according to your preferences, they can be shortened or significantly let out. Two particularly large pockets, with a reach of 17 cm, have been added, and provide ample space for work utensils or other objects. Because of their form it is very difficult for objects to fall out. In your house or in the Garden, in the workshop or out in an open field, this smock can faithfully accompany you for a lengthy period of time, and it provides, with its quiet, simple form, an impressive style.
Black and white. Monastic semantics.
If one is very literal, then religious people should not attribute any meaning to the color of their garments, because, in the rule of St. Benedict, written in the 6th century, it clearly states: “Monks should not complain about the color or coarse material of these pieces of clothing; they should accept everything as it is found in the region where they live, or what they can buy cheaper.” Nevertheless, throughout the centuries, the garment customs have developed just as much as the garments themselves; therefore, today, the Benedictines still wear black, the Carthusians white and the Cistercians and Trappists black/white. It is interesting to note that all of the reform orders, which came into existence in the 11th and 12th centuries, chose the white garment. These reform movements stressed simplicity, solitude, silence and clarity of life. Therefore, they did not need to worry about the color of the garment, but instead to simply process a naturally colored wool cloth.
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