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Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble

The National History Museum has presented the restored chasuble of the beginning of the 19th century. The finding is unique, because one part of the Catholic priest's vestment is sewn from several fragments of the world famous Slutsk belts, Belarus' hallmark.

The restoration of the valuable exhibit has been made possible through a presidential grant. It took experts over a year to restore the silk fabrics.

The historical discovery came to the museum in 2008. The original owner of the Catholic priest vestments is unknown.

Oleg Ryzhkov, Director of the National History Museum of the Republic of Belarus:
This is a priceless artifact according to the time of its antiquity and the fragments.

Olga Konopleva is a specialist who has restored the unique chasuble. The work is very delicate.

Olga Konopleva, art restorer of the National History Museum of the Republic of Belarus:
The work took a very long time because of the strengthening. It was made by a very thin transparent gas thread and a beading needle. It puts too much pressure on eyes. So, it was necessary to take breaks. This is a very slow process.

The process included the full dismantling of the chasuble and duplicating all the fragments of the rare Slutsk belts.

Boris Svetlov, Minister of Culture of Belarus:
Today we can make copies of the things which are abroad and can’t get back for certain reasons. We are working on it, but the main task is getting the artifacts back.

The chasuble is stored in a special room at a certain temperature and humidity, only in a horizontal position, in order to protect the fiber strands.

The presentation of the chasuble is a kind of report to the President for the grant received. However, the National History Museum is already put on the list of financial support for 2017.

Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble