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Tippet / Chimere / Rochet
The tippet, rochet and chimere are all liturgical vestments worn by church leaders. Each piece plays a specific role in the ceremonial dress, with uses varying slightly amongst different religions. Matthew F. Sheehan offers a large selection of tippets, rochets and chimeres to choose from, so you'll always find the perfect piece to complement your clergy attire.
The tippet is a long scarf-like narrow piece of clothing that is worn over the shoulders and extends in a straight line down the front of the wearer. Typically worn by Anglicans, the tippet is a part of formal choir dress and the color of the vestment denotes the position of the wearer. A black tippet signifies ordained clergy, while a blue tippet usually indicates a licensed reader. The clergy tippet may be plain or embroidered with a special symbol or coat of arms on the right end.
A clergy chimere is similar in design to a sleeveless academic dress and is typically made of scarlet or black material although some bishops opt for purple. The garment is a part of formal dress and is usually worn over the cassock. Often, a chimere is worn in conjunction with a tippet.
A clergy rochet is a vestment worn by Roman Catholic or Anglican bishops. It is similar to a surplice, but with narrower sleeves. The rochet may extend to below the knees or the hem of the cassock and may have sleeves made of lace or gathered material.