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  • Description

    A length of hemp cloth; twill woven. Beige in colour, with two narrow blue bands woven at regular intervals along the length. Warp edges raw. Unused.

  • Date

    • 1950-1955
  • Production place

  • Findspot

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 172 centimetres
    • Width: 52 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Eth Doc 605: 'Sacking made of 'cînepă'; the coarser fibres left over when the finer strands have been removed. Teudora Sandu had lengths of this which she can cut and then stitch into sacks. She also had a slightly wider version, without stripes. About four lengths of this would be stitched together to make a mat which could be used to sort beans, corn etc. on.'


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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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