BOGOTA – A dozen people at a family-run liturgical vestments shop worked almost around-the-clock for two months to make the wardrobe to be used by Pope Francis and his entourage during their visit next week to Colombia.
“We worked all the time. We did rest for four of five hours, but we had to work a lot,” the director of production at the Taolit workshop, Regina Bastidas Perafan, told EFE.
Based in an apartment in northern Bogota, Taolit made 3,000 stoles (bands of colored cloth) and 250 chasubles (outermost liturgical vestments), not including the five that the pontiff will use during his pastoral visit to the Andean nation from Sept. 6-10.
The task of manufacturing the garments began in July when Taolit received a shipment of 5,000 meters (5,470 yards) of imported linen from Taiwan.
That fresh, light fabric was chosen because “you have to bear in mind that the only cool site the pope will visit is here is Bogota,” Taolit’s administrative director, Jose Luis Vazquez, said.
After an initial stop in Bogota on Sept. 6-7, Pope Francis will head to the cities of Villavicencio, Medellin and Cartagena, where temperatures will be nearly 30 C (86 F).