textile / ribbon / garment
Length of narrow of red woollen ribbon, with a brocaded design in undyed linen, comprising a repeated motif, down the centre, of small plants with pointed leaf, with dotted pattern in borders.
Warp: s-spin z-ply, c. 13 ends per cm
Weft: wool and linen s-spin, c.9 picks main weft per cm, linen pattern weft grouped in 6s.
Edges: two plain selvedges; one end cut, the other ragged
Sewing: none surviving
Add. info: one group of linen threads per shed of main weft, floating over 2, 4, or 6 warp ends
Condition: fair - linen discoloured and in places perished.
- 7thC-9thC (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Length: 45 centimetres (max)
- Width: 2.9 centimetres (max)
On the back, it looks as if some of the long floating threads (where there is no central motif) were clipped deliberately.
History of use: originally applied by sewing to the edges of a garment and woven for this purpose.
Information from Hero Granger-Taylor (1991)
fair (linen discoloured and, in places, perished)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
Length of narrow of red woollen ribbon, originally applied to the edges of a garment by sewing and woven for this purpose, with a brocaded design in undyed linen, comprising a repeated motif, down the centre, of small plants with pointed leaf, with dotted pattern in borders, two plain selvedges, one end cut and the other ragged, some of the threads at the back of the garment have been clipped.
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Object reference number: YCA61569
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