Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:56

Orphrey

An orphrey is an applied decorative band, usually richly embroidered, on a Christian ecclesiastical vestment, such as a copechasuble or dalmatic. According to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, the term orphrey derives from the Old French orfreis (mod. orfroi), from the medieval Latin auriphrygium, which comes from Latin aurum (gold) and Phrygius (Phrygian). Compare Dutch: aurifries.