Bespoke Clerical Millinery for the Discerning Clergyman

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A Challenge

Like with other sites, we now throw down the gauntlet to you, dear reader, to send us any snapped sightings of the Biretta, of any flavour size shape or colour you like to domusbirettarum@gmail.com. From any location or denomination you like. The most unusual, unlikely, or impressive offering this quarter wins the following, much coveted prize:

1 Fully bespoke Biretta, made to your own specification, delivered anywhere in the world.

Remember, we like outlandish suggestions... Bon chance!


  1. Are we allowed on this blog to take the mickey out of the ICK's blue-tufted birettas?

  2. Greetings Peter, the ICKSP's blue tufted birettas are coming soon, of which we have loving crafted a few copies. We've got a run of blue hats scheduled in for this Sunday through Wednesday, and another run of a different set of blue lined and piped and tasseled hats lined up for a couple of months time.

    But naturally, we wouldn't take the mickey here, all is said with love, and a bit of admiration. After all, it takes a certain confidence to wear a sky blue hat.

    Watch this space!

    Team DB

  3. Why take the mickey? they are really smart, and set the return of the varied coloured birettas used by various congregations and the national colleges in Rome.

    The church is historically made up of diversity; if you laugh at it, it is because we have lost sight of this over the past 40 years, with the rise of the "clergyman" suit and the cassock-alb. A very sad development.

    This site, it seems, is all about formation in our heritage, and is thus part of what the Holy Father has called for in the internet, the hermeneutic of continuity, esoteric as it may seem at first glance.

  4. Josephe, I can't think of any congregations or orders that used coloured birettas back in the day. Some of them went tuftless indeed, but I think that was as far as it went. Some cathedral canons and doctors outside the liturgy too. The Roman colleges had -- have -- their own cassocks, but not birettas.

    Maybe there is one example. Do SMOM chaplains use an orange or red tuft?

    OK, the ICK's kit looks nice, but it's a bit in-your-face -- a blue biretta, a blue-tufted black biretta, blue piping, a Spanish biretta, mozzettas, fascias, blue-buttoned cassocks, ferriolae. Come on, what other group ever invented that much kit for itself? Apart from a Cambridge college boat club, maybe.