But the practice has a long history. Last year, the Lyon Fabric Museum in France featured an exhibit of clothing from the 12th to the 19th centuries used to adorn statues of Mary and Jesus. (Article HERE.) Photo above, display cabinets in the basement of the basilica showing dresses made by pilgrims to honor Our Lady.
The Carey shrine is collecting stories of those who have made dresses for a history project, click HERE for information..