Sets of Dalmatic with Tunicle
A Dalmatic is a long robe with wide sleeves that is slit on the sides and reaches to the knee or lower. It is the proper vestment of a deacon at Mass, Holy Communion, or the Eucharist. Bishops also wear it as an undergarment above the alb (although this type of use by bishops does not occur often).
The Dalmatic is an outer vestment that is supposed to match the liturgical color of the day.
What is a tunicle?
The Tunicle is identical to the Dalmatic and is sometimes described as a shorter dalmatic. It is worn by subdeacons. The difference between a tunicle and a dalmatic is that the Tunicle has only one horizontal stripe, while the Dalmatic has two. These two horizontal stripes make the Dalmatic stand out as a deacon's vestment.
Both the Dalmatic and Tunicle were worn under the chasuble by Roman Catholic bishops, but since 1960 these vestments have not been compulsory for them.
Another difference between the dalmatic and the tunicle
A tunicle is often less ornamented than a dalmatic. Additionally, subdeacons do not wear a stole under their Tunicle, unlike deacons.
The set of Dalmatic with Tunicle is made up of:
- A Dalmatic, plus a matching Deacon stole.
- A Tunicle, plus a matching Maniple.
A maniple is an ornamental band made from silk or a similar material. The maniple is always placed on the left arm in such a way that it is of equal length on both sides of the arm.
Proper care guidelines for the vestments
Vestments are very easy to care for. Follow these guidelines while taking care of your vestments:
- Wash on a normal machine wash cycle, either warm or cold.
- Do not use a bleach or fabric softener on the garment.
- Do not tumble dry.
- You can iron the garment, but only at a maximum temperature of 150 °C
- You can also use steam irons on the vestments.
Both the Dalmatic and the Tunicle are highly dignified vestments worn by the deacon and subdeacons accordingly. Ackermann uses the finest damask fabric to give quality vestments that sit well on the body.