Textiles and Clothing, c.1150-c.1450: Finds from Medieval Excavations in London

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Among the most evocative items to be discovered by archaeologists are the scraps of silk and wool and other fabrics that signal so eloquently their owner's status and concerns. Such clothing and textile finds have figured prominently in excavations of medieval sites in London in the past two decades; they have included knitting, tapestries, silk hair-nets and elaborately patterned oriental, Islamic and Italian fabrics, which reveal for the first time the wide range of cloths available to medieval Londoners; there...
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Among the most evocative items to be discovered by archaeologists are the scraps of silk and wool and other fabrics that signal so eloquently their owner's status and concerns. Such clothing and textile finds have figured prominently in excavations of medieval sites in London in the past two decades; they have included knitting, tapestries, silk hair-nets and elaborately patterned oriental, Islamic and Italian fabrics, which reveal for the first time the wide range of cloths available to medieval Londoners; there are beautifully made buttons, and buttonholes and edgings which display superb craftsmanship and a high level of needlework skills; the way that clothes were cut and sewn can be studied in detail. This highly readable account will be of wide general interest; dress historians and archaeologists will also find a wealth of new insights into the fashions, clothing and textile industries of medieval England and Europe. First published in 1992 Contents include: The Excavations, Techniques used in Textile Production, Wool Textiles, Goathair Textiles, Linen Textiles, Silk Textiles, Mixed Cloths, Narrow Wares, Sewing Techniques and Tailoring, Dyes. THE AUTHORS Past and present staff of the Museum of London.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780851158402
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Medieval Finds from Excavations in London , #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Conventions
Introduction 1
The excavations 9
Techniques used in textile production 15
Wool textiles 26
Goathair textiles 77
Linen textiles 80
Silk textiles 82
Mixed cloths 127
Narrow wares 130
Sewing techniques and tailoring 150
App: the dyes 199
Concordance 202
Glossary 212
Bibliography 215
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    Essential For Any Medieval Reenactor's Library

    If you're serious about medieval historical reenacting, this book is an absolute must. The authors go into painstaking detail of each type of textile found in excavations carried out throughout London, including such 'nitpicking' details as thread twist, thread counts, and chemical analysis of artifacts for dye materials. Good clear photographs, weaving diagrams, and an entire chapter devoted to garment construction make this book not only interesting, but useful to anyone building historical reproduction clothing. Textiles & Clothing sets the standard by which all other books on historical textiles and clothing should be judged.

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