This is one of the designs produced by the Hubert Gotzes weaving factory for ecclesiastical textiles established in Krefeld in 1905. Here at the factory, ecclesiastical vestments, that is to say priests’ robes, and other textiles for use in the church, were produced from precious silk cloth. The ornament form in the design was developed from the pomegranate which served as a motif for textile design in antiquity. The pomegranate is the symbol for fertility, love, life and immortality due to the abundance of seeds and its brilliant red colour. In eastern Europe, the pomegranate was a favoured motif amongst bobbin lace-makers. In the 15th century the pomegranate design was incorporated in brocades and damasks in the velvet weaving manufactories in Venice and proved very popular. This product is made of pure filament silk. The design is based exclusively on traditional, historic patterns. A few years ago this pattern was still being manually woven on these premises on wooden Jacquard hand looms which were up to two hundred years old. Please do not wash it by hand but have it professionally cleaned. Through your purchase you are not just acquiring a stylish pure silk item. You are also helping to preserve our gem for future generations. We wish you a great deal of pleasure with your scarf or tie.