Italia Range Zucchetti

The zucchetto (plural zucchetti, Italian for "small gourd"), also called pileolus in Latin, is a small skullcap worn by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church and within Anglicanism . It was first adopted for practical reasons — to keep the clergy's tonsured heads warm in cold, damp churches — and has survived as a traditional item of dress. It consists of eight panels sewn together, with a stem at the top. Its name may derive from its resemblance to half of a pumpkin, or from the fact that it covers a larger "pumpkin" (i.e., the head). Its appearance is almost identical to the Jewish Kippah, though its significance is quite different.

All ordained members of the Roman Catholic Church are entitled to wear the zucchetto. As with much ecclesiastical apparel, the colour of the zucchetto denotes the wearer's rank: the Pope's zucchetto is white, those worn by cardinals are red or scarlet, and those of bishops, territorial abbots and territorial prelates are purple. Priests and deacons wear a black zucchetto although the use of the zucchetto by priests in actual practice is extremely rare aside from abbots, and the custom is even rarer among deacons. A black zucchetto with red piping was formerly the mark of a protonotary apostolic or canon, but this is no longer authorized. A white zucchetto is worn by Premonstratensian prelates. A brown zucchetto-like garment and similar black skullcap is sometimes worn by Franciscan friars and Benedictine or Trappist monks respectively, but this is usually a more substantial cap used for actual head-warming rather than as a ceremonial accoutrement.  All clerics who hold the episcopal character (that is to say, bishops — whether the Pope, cardinals, titular bishops or diocesan bishops) wear the zucchetto throughout most of the Mass, removing it at the commencement of the Canon and replacing it at the conclusion of the Communion. A short stand placed on the altar, usually made of brass or wood and known as a funghellino is used in some churches to hold the zuchetto during that part of the service. No other people are permitted to wear the zucchetto at Mass. Also, the zucchetto continues to be worn while the mitre is being worn; it is placed inside it (a mitre is bottomless, so the zuchetto sits on the head while the mitre is around it).

The late Pope John Paul II often gave guests the zucchetto he was wearing as a keepsake if presented with a new one as a gift. Other recent popes have also held the same practice.

If visiting the pope, one may wish to speak with his secretary beforehand about the practice, and confirm that the new zucchetto is the correct size and is otherwise appropriate.

The zucchetto is worn by some Anglican bishops, mostly in Africa, but is used according to the same practice as that of the Roman Catholic Church.

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-01

100% black silk Italia Range Zucchetto with black silk twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days.

 

Cotton lining.

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Prodotti di Zucchetti

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-02

100% black silk Italia Range Zucchetto with red silk thread stitching and red silk twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

 

Cotton lining.

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-03

100% black silk Italia Range Zucchetto with purple silk thread stitching and purple silk twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

 

Cotton lining.

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-04

100% fuscia (purple) silk Italia Range Zucchetto with fuscia silk thread stitching and fuscia silk twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

 

Cotton lining.

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-05

Top quality 100% Watered Silk Moire fuscia (purple) Italia Range Zucchetto with fuscia silk thread stitching and fuscia silk twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

 

Cotton lining.

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-06

Top quality 100% Watered Silk Moire scarlet (red) Italia Range Zucchetto with scarlet silk thread stitching and scarlet silk twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

 

Cotton lining.

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-07

100% Watered Silk Moire off white (ivory) Papal Italia Range Zucchetto with ivory silk thread stitching and ivory twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

 

Lambskin lining & velvet border.

Italia Range Silk Zucchetto Skull Cap

Italia Range Zucchetto - IT-ZUC-08

Pure wool Fransiscan Italia Range brown Zucchetto with brown thread stitching and brown twisted stirpes.  Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

Cotton lining.

Custodia di Zucchetti

As we as a fantastic range of Zucchetti, we also can offer the cases to store and protect them.  Available in two styles, a tube to hold one Zucchetto and a larger case designed to hold 8-9 Zucchetti but can also be used for collars too or a combination of both.  Both cases are handmade in Rome.

Italia Range Zucchetto Case - IT-ZUC-CASE01

 

Italia Range black, bound leather look tube with securing lid and stud.  Holds one zucchetto safely.

Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days. 

Italia Range Zucchetto Case - IT-ZUC-CASE02
 

Italia Range black, bound leather look case.  Holds 8 - 9  zucchetti safely.  Can also be used for storing collars

Made in Rome and available within circa 7 days.