Italia Range Rochets

A rochet is a white vestment generally worn by a Roman Catholic or Anglican bishop in choir dress. It is unknown in the Eastern churches. The rochet is similar to a surplice, except that the sleeves are narrower. In the Roman Catholic tradition, the rochet comes below the knee and its sleeves and hem are sometimes made of lace; in the Anglican tradition, the rochet comes down almost to the hem of the cassock and its sleeves are gathered at the wrist.

The word stems from the Latin rochettum (from the late Latin roccus, connected with the Old High German roch, roc and the A.S. rocc; Dutch koorhemd, rochet, French rochet, German Rochett, Chorkleid, Italian rocchetto, Spanish roquete), means an ecclesiastical vestment.

In the Catholic Church, cardinals, bishops and certain other dignitaries use a rochet, a garment that is worn over the cassock for non-eucharistic functions.

The Catholic rochet is a tunic of white, usually fine linen or muslin (batiste, mull) reaching about to the knee, and distinguished from the surplice mainly by the narrower sleeves which make its arms tight-fitting, and is frequently trimmed with lace. The lower edge and the sleeves may also be garnished with lace, lined with violet or red silk in the case of prelates, or more rarely with embroidered borders.

The rochet is proper to, and distinctive of, prelates and bishops, but the right to wear it is sometimes granted by the pope to others, especially the canons of cathedral churches. It is not a vestis sacra, and cannot therefore be used as a substitute for the surplice, e.g. in the administering of the Sacraments (Decree of the Congregation of Rites of January 10, 1852). Nonetheless, since it is used at choir services and is ordered to be worn over the everyday dress at Mass (Missa rom. Rit. celebr. i. 2), it may be included among liturgical vestments in the widest sense. It is worn instead of a surplice by Canons Regular as part of their habit for liturgical use alone.

Below, we offer you a  small but beautiful selection of Italian made Lace Rochets.  Offered in pure linen and cotton/linen mix fabrics, all garments feature some stunning lacework (Either hand stitched or machine applied)

These Rochets are worn by clergy throughout the world, where style, quality, longevity and craftsmanship are of top importance.  Strictly to order only - leadtime circa 4 weeks.

Italia Range Linen, Lace Rochets

Italia Range Rochet - IT-ROCH-01 (1924)

A Traditional lace Rochet in pure white linen.  Gathered at square neckline.  Hand-made "Renaissance" style lace from Brussels, 60 centimetres wide.

A beautiful Rochet suitable for all choir dress.

Made to order in Italy - please allow 4 weeks

Prodotti di Rochetti

Italia Range Linen, Lace Rochets

Italia Range Rochet - IT-ROCH-02 (1859)

A Traditional lace Rochet in white cotton/linen mix fabric.  Gathered at square neckline. Characterised by distinctive and semi-transparent lacework which measures 55 centimetres high.

The particular fretwork allows the underside colour to show through the lacework in either standard BLACK or RED.

A beautiful Rochet suitable for all choir dress.

Made to order in Italy - please allow 4 weeks

Italia Range Linen, Lace Rochets

Italia Range Rochet - IT-ROCH-03 (1650)

A Traditional lace Rochet in white cotton/linen mix fabric.  Gathered at square neckline. Characterised by distinctive and semi-transparent lacework which measures 55 centimetres high.

The particular fretwork allows the underside colour to show through the lacework in either standard BLACK or RED.

A beautiful Rochet suitable for all choir dress.

Made to order in Italy - please allow 4 weeks

Italia Range Linen, Lace Rochets

Italia Range Rochet - IT-ROCH-04 (1780)

A Traditional lace Rochet in white cotton/linen mix fabric.  Square neckline with traditional pleats.  The machine lacework is reminiscent to that often applied to traditional albs of the past.

The particular fretwork allows the underside colour to show through the lacework in either standard BLACK or RED.

A beautiful Rochet suitable for all choir dress.

Made to order in Italy - please allow 4 weeks