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Description of Official Uniforms

Casa de Ofícios
Madrinha Teresa Gregório







You may choose your own cloth. It is preferable to use material that does not wrinkle.



A. The white part of the uniform can be either a dress or a skirt and blouse.


1. Skirt

a. The piece between the waist and the hips is usually between 12 and 15 cm and unpleated so that it is not bulky (and we look fatter than we are).

b. Normally the skirt overlaps in front. You may close it however you wish (velcro, snaps etc.). What is important is to leave it open for easy ironing.

c. Any lenght bellow the knees is allowable.

d. The size of the pleats is variable, in Mapia the style is small pleats.

e. If you use small pleats, we recommend to use a lot of material and make a full skirt so that it is not tight around the hips.


2. Blouse

a. The blouse buttons up in front.

b. Long sleeves with or without cuffs.

c. Simple button down collar

d. It is recommended that the blouse is more or less close-fitting through the bust and waist with darts in the front and back.


3. Dress

a. The upper part of the dress is the same as the blouse and ends about 10-12 cm bellow the waist

b. The skirt follows the lines of the buttons of the top. Usually it is closed with snaps or velcro but this is up to you.


B. The green part is composed of a saiote (little skirt) and sashes.


1. Saiote (1. in diagram)

a. The lenght of the saiote is equal to the width of the open hand of the user of the uniform; not including the waistband (adults are usually about 20 cm)

b.The size of the pleats is up to you, in Mapia the tendency is towards small pleats.

c. The saiote overlaps in fornt and closes on the side and is, like the skirt, open.


2. Sashes, side bands and ribbons

a. The sashes and sidebands are all the same width

b.The width depends on the size of the person, usually 5-7 cm.

c. The sidebands attach to the end of the saiote and run down the sides of the skirt. They are the same lenght as the skirt (8. in diagram)

d. The colored ribbons (5. in diagram) are the same lenght as the skirt.

e. The type of material, number and color of the ribbons is left to personal preference. No red or black ribbons please.


3. Position of sashes (2. in diagram)

a. Women.

1. The sashe is draped diagonally from the outside of the left shoulder, closing about 5cm below the waist on the right side. Where the two ends come together below the waist, the sashes cross; a bow is palced here in the center (see diagram).

2. The arm (3. in diagram) is sewn two fingers above the bustline and continues untill about one inch on the backside of the shoulder.

3. The ribbons should be attached on the left shoulder underneath the sash. You can sew them in or make the removable.


b. Girls

1. The sash is draped diagonaly over the right shoulder crossing beneath the waist on the left side. The arm goes over the left shoulder (see diagram).

2. The ribbons are attached on the underneath side of the arm on the left.


4. Stars

a. Women: Star is worn on the right side (6. in diagram)

b. Girls: Star is worn on the left side.


5. Rose

Used by women on the left side (7. in a diagram)


6. Palmleaf

Used by girls on the right side


7. Crown

a. The style of the crown is up to you.

b. It can be either open or closed in back.


8. Shoes and socks

a. socks or stockings should be white

b. shoes are white

c. sandals are not used



The men's uniform is composed of a white dress suit, white dress shirt, navy blue tie and white shoes and socks.


1. The pants

The pants have two thin green lines that run down their sides. These lines are about 1 cm on each side of the outer seams and extend to the bottom of the pants. The way you make these lines is up to you.

2. Star

The star is worn on the jacket




1. Skirt

a. Navy blue with pleats and a waist band

b. Any lenght below the knees.


2. Blouse

a. White button down shirt

b. Short sleeves

c. Regular "dress shirt" collar.


3. Pocket

a. White pocket sewn over left breast

b. The pocket has the blue emblem of the doctrine (C. R. F.)


4. Bowtie

a. The tie is the same color as the skirt.

b. It is in the shape of a bowtie.


5. Shoes

a. shoes are navy blue or black

b. socks or stockings are white




The uniform is composed of navy blue dress pants, white longsleeved dress shirt, navy blue or blach tie, blue or dark shoes and white socks.




A. It is preferable to use white sweaters or jackets, however various shades of blue are also acceptable.

B. It is best if sweaters of jackets open in the front (not pullovers)

C. For both men and women, the shirts of the blue and white uniforms are tucked in.

D. Women should use slips with both their blue and white uniforms.

E. It is not official for women to use regular white shirt with their blue uniform skirt and pin on the stars

F. It is not necessary for women to use their stars when they use their uniform shirts as the emblem is already on the pocket

G. Men and women need to use their ties for official works only (starworks, concentration works, official churchworks and mass)


Ceu do Mapia, 6 september 1996,

Alfredo Gregório de Melo,
Presidente do CEFLURIS

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