Westminster Cope in Black Fairford
The Westminster style cope was made as part of a High Mass set for an Oxford College. The main fabric is Fairford, with Watts’ exclusively designed Black Chalcedon chosen for the orphrey and hood. It is trimmed with Burford braid and a Bullion fringe.
Ordering a bespoke cope involves several design decisions, but we aim to make the process as simple as possible. Please follow the steps below as a guide.
Step 1. Choose your cope style
The first step in creating your bespoke cope is to choose the style you would like. Our standard styles are the Westminster, Cathedral, Abbey and Portsmouth, though we can also look into custom patterns. Factors in the design choice are the shape of the hood and where the hood hangs in relation to the orphreys.
Another option to consider is whether or not you would like elements of the cope to be embroidered. Embroidery can be done solely on the hood, or on the orphreys and morse also.
Whether you already have a clear vision of the cope you would like, or are unsure where to start with the design choices, we are here to help. Contact us to start the conversation.
Step 2. Choose your fabric & braid combinations
After determining the style of the cope and the presence of embroidered features, the next step is to choose your fabrics and trimmings. We are pleased to offer over 200 exclusive fabrics, as well as a wide range of braids, fringes, tassels and linings. Our experienced design team is on hand to guide you through the possible combinations, and to help with decision making if needed. Below is an example of the elements you can choose.
In this example the cream silk is enriched with an orphrey and morse in our Sarum Red & Gold Holbein Silk Damask, which are edged with Sarum Red ½” Diamond & Lay braid.
The cope hood is trimmed with Sarum Red 2” Diamond & Lay fringe, and features a braid ‘shield’ of Sarum Red ½” Diamond & Lay braid.
This is a Westminster style cope in our Cream Gothic Silk Damask, with orphreys, morse, and hood made in our Sarum Red & Gold Holbein Silk Damask. The Westminster style features orphreys that sit round the neck and over the shoulders, and from which hangs the hood. This example is lined in Sarum Red cotton sateen.
Step 3. Enquire to receive a quote
Once you have completed the steps above (or even if you haven't), please use the contact form at the top of the page to in touch and start the process of obtaining a new bespoke cope.