High Sheriffs to wear lace jabots and cuffs made by Nottingham university inspired by historic designs

The High Sheriffs looking at the original lace design which inspired their jabots

Two High Sheriffs will wear specially made jabots and cuffs inspired by historic designs from Nottinghamshire.

High Sheriffs all over the country wear jabot and cuffs with a suit of black silk velvet for important events in their community.

And the two from Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire will wear designs inspired by designer Harry Cross.

Textile lecturers from Nottingham Trent University used the original drawings to create the ceremonial clothing.

The Sheriffs will wear the jabots, cuffs and shoes for the first time at their declaration ceremonies, which signifies the start of their year serving as High Sheriff.

Nick Ebbs, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire

High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire Nick Ebbs said: “I am especially delighted to have the opportunity to wear a jabot and cuffs created by staff at NTU where I am a governor.

“The University has a really strong link to Nottingham’s lace heritage dating back to 1843 when the School of Design was opened to support the industry.”

The Nottingham-based university is home to the national Lace Archive, which contains the work of Cross, who designed the Battle of Britain lace panel in the 1940s.

Principal lecturer in the department of Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design Tina Downes said: “The lace archive is an important catalyst for creativity and this project is a brilliant example of how it can influence contemporary design.

“The sheriffs’ lace has been designed using state of the art digital embroidery software and manufactured on a multi-head embroidery machine.

“Each jabot contains 102,000 stitches, with 136,000 stitches in each pair of cuffs.

“Hand finishing techniques add an element of bespoke luxury to the final items.”

The lace jabot and cuffs specially made by NTU that each High Sheriff will wear

Trickers of Northampton will provide handmade court shoes for the Sheriffs.

Nick Ebbs and James Saunders Watson, the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, first met at the High Court of Justice in November last year where the nominations of prospective High Sheriffs are made.

High Sheriffs are appointed by the Queen through a Royal Warrant; their role embraces ceremonial, civic, judicial and community activities directed at making a positive contribution to the County they represent.

These include supporting charities and emergency services, accompanying the Lord Lieutenant on royal visits and providing support to visiting High Court judges and public agencies.

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