Monastery works were already made in the Middle Ages in the South Bavarian, South Tyrolean and Austrian regions, however, the small ornamentations of gold and
silver filaments with pearls, velvet, and paper reached their height in the women's convents at the time of the Baroque. Madonna figures, images of Christ or relics were embellished with splendid
ornaments and they still express the devotion and glorification of God to this day.
As a result of the dissolution of many monasteries by Joseph II the production of these art pieces was reduced. Due to finding their way into the folk art the
knowledge about the technique has been preserved and people are still making these small objets d’art.