Richly embroidered fabric decoration of the angels from John Duncan’s iconic painting, Saint Bride. This plush decoration is made with intricate embroidery work with rich gold coloured metallic thread and brightly coloured beading.
According to the legend of the Irish Saint Bride, she was transported miraculously to Bethlehem to attend the nativity of Christ. In Duncan's artwork, two angels carry the white robed saint across the sea. The seascape reflects Duncan's fascination with the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Iona. Scenes from the life of Christ decorate the angel's robes and may include the artist's self-portrait as the tiny clown (a holy fool) accompanying the procession of the magi on the leading angel's gown.
Made by St. Nicolas who specialize in bespoke handmade decorations, this item has been hand-made by women’s co-operatives working to Fairtrade principles in Thailand and India. They have worked for 25 years with a small Christian charity in Thailand that helps disadvantaged rural women find work in their community. Today, some 200 skilled women work at home sewing St Nicolas decorations, and many of them have been doing so for more than 10 years.