This silk material consists of five pieces of 100% Dupioni Silk fabric. Dupioni silk has a beautiful luster and texture. This silk fabric with it's subtle sheen and varying color (white) is not a flaw in the fabric but rather an attribute from the silk thread that is produced by the silk worm.
You will receive a link during checkout to receive a complimentary instructional booklet
demonstrating lifting, turning, and shrouding when you purchase the shroud. Look for the red link in the small box during checkout.
The edges of the shroud are sewn to prevent fraying.Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you ship Internationally?
Yes. If you do not see your country listed, please e-mail us so we may provide you with shipping costs and shipping options
- What if our country is listed but the shipping cost is extremely high?
Sometimes the automated system for shipping internationally quotes the shipping costs incorrectly. If the cost seems to be extremely high, please contacts and we will manually calculate your shipping cost and shipping options for your order
- What if we need the burial shroud right away?
In many cases the burial shroud can be shipped same day air, except when shipping internationally. The order for same day air must arrive by 9:00am and you must call us to confirm your order after placing your order. Next day air is available through FedEx if the burial shroud must arrive on Saturday. UPS does not deliver on weekends. Please call to place your order if you need weekend delivery or next day air.
- Is shipping guaranteed to arrive on time?
Although, UPS and FedEx are reliable carriers, it is important to realize that sometimes there are unforeseen factors that may delay your order such as weather conditions.
- Can I choose USPS to ship my order?
Yes, you can choose any of the displayed shipping options and determine which price and shipping time frame is best suited for your situation. We do our utmost to see that your order is delivered in a timely manner but we cannot assume responsibility for delivery delays due to the postal service.
- What kind of silk is the shroud made of?
We use dupioni silk from India whose silk is well known for its beauty and high quality. The edges of each of the five pieces of silk are beautifully sewn to prevent fraying for a finished shroud.
- I have never used a shroud before, how do I use the fabric?
Within the packaged five piece shroud is a small pamphlet that briefly describes four methods that can be used to shroud a body. Additionally, when you purchase the shroud you may download a complimentary, detailed description of several ways in which you can use the fabric, (photographs included)
You may wish to purchase a copy of My Final Wishes, which is not only a Pre-Planner to express your wishes, but additionally provides information about burial laws, what is currently binding upon Western believers, and various shrouding options with photographs.
Shoghi Effendi stated in a letter to an individual believer that, The preparation of the body is a careful washing and placing in a shroud of white cloth, silk preferably. (Letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, dated April 2, 1955, to an individual believer)
In the Bayán, the Báb specified that the body of the deceased should be wrapped in five sheets of silk or cotton. Bahá'u'lláh confirmed this provision and added the stipulation that, for those whose means are limited a single sheet of either fabric will suffice.
When asked whether the five sheets mentioned in the law referred to five full-length shrouds or five cloths which were hitherto customarily used, Bahá'u'lláh responded that the intention is the use of five cloths.
Concerning the way in which the body should be wrapped, there is nothing in the Bahá'í Writings to define how the wrapping of the body is to be done, either when five cloths are used or only a single sheet. At present, the Bahá'ís are free to use their judgment in the matter.
(Universal House of Justice in Notes appended to The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, no. 151)