Is there a practical purpose to the ruched sleeves? Are the gathers sewn in or is there a drawstring that you pull?
Wonderful! Can you put other pictures of ambrosian surplices, of beautiful italian cottas and albs? Many friends told me that the personal secretary of the bishop had a very beautiful surplice!
with the surplice, it's just style and a little something new with that look. no drawstring, just sewn that way likely by some italian nuns in the north back in the day. i'll see if i have any more photos of the linens. the canon didn't have a secretary, but came with some friends from milan.
The cotta pictued here isn't ambrosian, though. It's venetian!The typical ambrosian surplice is the one the MC wears in Mass pictures.
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