“Having always been attracted to the ideas of devotion and discipline, I was intrigued to learn more about these men,” Alexandre Plokhov explains. “One item that struck me was the existence of two distinct groups of clergy in this Church; the Parochial, who wear exclusively white and can marry; and the Monastic, who wear exclusively black and dedicate themselves to a higher calling.”

“The concise choice of fabrics further reflects an economy of purpose, including pure linen, homespun cotton, and vegetable-dyed leather,” Plokhov continues. “Similarly, I chose to include footwear with a primitive feel made entirely out of Crosta—a split of leather before it’s shaved and smoothed, leaving it’s surface rough and uneven.”

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