Humphries Weaving is known as the organisation of choice with those looking for only the best textiles for their ceremonial occasion. We have a tradition of weaving fabrics used for parliamentary, judiciary and university chancellor robes.
Popular designs are the Linton damask and ribbed Ottoman, these robes and gowns can often be heavily embroidered requiring an extremely dense weave and high silk content to avoid puckering. Fabric for robes can be commissioned in any colour required but are most often in bright crimson, cerise pink, midnight blue or black.
The Lord Chancellor’s Robes
The Lord Chancellor’s ceremonial robes are worn for state occasions such as the state opening of parliament.
Recognised due to their black silk and cotton damask base and heavy gold embroidery the Lord Chancellor’s ceremonial robes are post-Reformation and their design seems to date from the late 16th century.
Project references: 638
The Speaker of the House of Commons Robes
The Speaker of the House of Commons ceremonial robes are worn for state occasions such as the state opening of parliament.
Humphries weaving have produced a plain silk ottoman in black for the day robes of the Speaker.
Project reference: 905
We have also woven the black silk & cotton damask for the ceremonial dress robes, used for occasions such as the state opening of parliament.
The Lord Mayor of the Corporation of London Robes
As a figure head of the City of London the Lord Mayor takes part in many official ceremonial occasions during their tenure, the ceremonial robes they wear are steeped in tradition.
Humphries Weaving have created silk and cotton damask in black for formal dress ceremonial robes.
Project Reference: 508
Also woven is a pure silk plain ottoman in midnight blue for ceremonial robes.
Project Reference: 1896
The University of London, Chancellor’s Robes
Ceremonial robes for H.R.H The Princess Royal (Princess Ann) elected Chancellor of the University of London.
Black pure silk damask for Chancellors ceremonial robes.
Project Reference: 347
Official Robe of Honourable Fellow Nelson Mandela, Magdalene College Cambridge
Ceremonial robes for the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.
The material for the official robe was woven in scarlet pure silk ottoman and was worn by Mr Mandela whilst he was invested as an Honourable Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Project Reference: 1405
Canfield University, Bedfordshire, Chancellor’s Robes
Ceremonial robes for the Chancellor of Cranfield University.
Pure silk plain ottoman in Prussian blue for the Chancellors ceremonial robe.
Project Reference: 2061
Falmouth University, Cornwall, Chancellor’s Robes for Dawn French
Ceremonial robes for the Chancellor of Falmouth University.
In March 2015 the actress, writer and comedian Dawn French was installed as the University of Falmouth’s first Chancellor. With an infectious passion for Cornwall and education, Dawn French was keen to combine both of these interests in her ceremonial dress, that was to be a little difference to the usual plain back robes.
She commissioned students from the Universities Textile, Fashion and Jewellery courses to design and make a ceremonial outfit that represented Cornwall. Humphries Weaving were approached to weave the Silk and Cotton tissue designed by students of Falmouth University for the the robe that included ferns and flowers native to Cornwall.
Project Reference: 2525
Hull University, Chancellor’s Robes
Ceremonial robes for the Chancellor of Hull University.
Deep blue pure silk damask for the Chancellors ceremonial robe.
Project Reference: 1349
Milton Keynes, Open University, Chancellor’s Robes
Ceremonial robes for the Chancellor of Milton Keynes, Open University.
Pure silk damask in midnight blue for the Chancellors Ceremonial dress.
Project Reference: 1332
Northumbria University, Chancellor’s Robes
Ceremonial robes for the Chancellor of Northumbria University.
Scarlet pure silk damask for the Chancellor’s Ceremonial Robes.
Project Reference: 1242