Icon made on natural linden wood with water-gilding technique. After the thermal treatment the wood was gilded with 22K gold leaf, in accordance with traditional Byzantine techniques.
The Cincture of the Theotokos has long been known to Orthodox Christians for its miracles: according to believers, it relieves women of infertility and gives the joy of motherhood. That is why many families without children offer prayers to the Mother of God before this shrine.
The relic has been preserved from the time of the Mother of God's earthly life. According to tradition, She herself wove this belt of camel hair, and after the Assumption, before Her transition to heaven, gave it to the Thomas the Apostle.
What do we pray for in front of The Cincture of the Theotokos?