The so-called “costume of the Montpensier” or “of the coronation” is one of the best known of all those who usually wears the sacred image of the Virgin of El Rocío.
The so-called “costume of the Montpensier” or “of the coronation” is one of the best known of all those who usually wears the sacred image of the Virgin of El Rocío. From the late nineteenth century, it must have been a gift from the dukes to the patron saint of Almonte because of their devotion to her, especially their daughter, the Countess of Paris. We consider all this as a hypothesis, since we have not found any documentation to prove it, but we do know that the Dukes of Montpensier made several donations to the hermitage. Although we do not know exactly what things came to this temple from the hand of the Orleans family, we intuit what they could be due to the material value of them, and some elements in them represented, such as the fleurs-de-lis, symbol of the royal house of France, although there are authors who claim that this robe was given to the Patroness of Almonte by the Countess of Paris herself, forming the set the skirt, the mantle, the rostrillo and the costume for the Child.
It is the same costume that the Blessed Virgin wore on June 8, 1919 to be canonically crowned, hence it is also known, as noted above, as the “coronation costume”.
The terno is composed of saya, bodice, sleeves, cuffs, over sleeves, mantle and headdress, all in silver tisu embroidered in fine gold. The skirt shows a large central drawing with floral motifs and stems, which closes at the bottom with a wide embroidered border, as well as the edge of the oversleeves, which show scrolls and plant motifs.
It is all embroidered with the techniques of gold laid embroidery, using the stitches of setillo, brick, backstitch, half sling and cardboard, using the following materials: plain threads, twine, canutillo and sequins.
The mantle, on the other hand, is the most significant piece of the set, since, showing in the center carved in wood a dove as symbol of the Holy Spiritin reference to PentecostThe rest of the garment is sprinkled with fleurs-de-lis embroidered in fine gold, symbol and emblem of the House of Orleans, to which the donors belonged.
In 2005 it was restored and the embroidery was transferred to a new tissue, and it is still in perfect condition.
The Virgin wore it in the extraordinary procession of September 8, 2018, on the occasion of the centenary of her canonical coronation.
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