Making a shroud is a very special and unique process.
I also call it a last blanket or farewell blanket. A final loving wrap. Soft and warm, made of Pongé silk and Merino wool according to individual wishes.
A farewell blanket is a nice alternative to a coffin. By wrapping the body of the deceased in a shroud, the farewell often feels more personal and intimate. The deceased is close, tangible and recognizable.
The warm appearance of a personal shroud offers consolation in an emotional time.
Covering the head, as the last step in closing the shroud, feels more natural to many people than closing a coffin.
A shroud consists of seven meters of Pongé silk, which I paint by hand. By then felting the silk with Merino wool, a supple, soft, but strong felt fabric is created. The fibers of the Merino wool pass through the silk through the felting process and shrink together into one fabric. The shrouds are made of 100% natural materials.
Making a shroud is an intensive process, with beautiful results.
Sometimes a shroud is already ordered in good health, as the years progress. A conscious choice by people who want to arrange their funeral in peace. They give the shroud a place in a cupboard with the reassuring thought that the shroud is ready for when it is needed or they put it on the couch or hang it on the wall.
If the end of life is imminent due to illness and there is still enough time, a shroud can often also be made to order.
If possible, a (online) conversation about personal wishes in terms of color and design forms the basis.
This can also be done together with family or loved ones, so that the shroud can form part of the grieving process.
I get to work with this and paint the silk in a suitable design.
This can be colorful and outspoken, or subdued and calm. And everything in between.
Due to the individual and manual process, the personality is expressed in a shroud.
If a death is unexpected, I often have one or more shrouds in stock.
It is an honor to be able to contribute to the last wishes of the person concerned.