As evident in the efforts of Margery Kempe to have the privilege of wearing white, a color permitted to unmarried women, dress marked one's position in the Middle Ages. The bishop wears a chasuble, a circular robe with an opening for the head; at his neck the embroidered border of the amice is visible. His gloves are also embroidered, at the cuffs, and with a circle on the back of the hand. In his hand is the staff of the crosier (top not shown). Over his left wrist hangs a longish strip of cloth called a maniple. An archbishop, shown here, has the privilege of wearing the pallium, a Y-shaped vestment worn over the chasuble, as a sign of his participation in the supreme pastor power of the
Church. (Viollet-le-Duc, Mobilier 1:167)

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