[8a] One corner of a cloth with an applied tapestry panel (b). Plain undyed linen with a band of empty warp threads preceeding a warp fringe. "Late Antique".
Materials: linen; Technique: simple tabby, band of empty warp threads; Warp: S-spin, c. 23 ends per cm; Weft: S-spin, c. 13 per cm; Edges: 1 selvedge, 1 fringe, 2 other edges cut; Sewing: joining b) to a), running stitch (some very large) and overcasting, linen thread.
[8b] Star-shaped tapestry panel in purple-coloured wool with details in undyed linen. Field of octagons linked via squares. Border, an undulating line with circles to either side. Plain weft-faced linen surrounding. "Late Antique".
Materials: wool, linen; Techniques: tapestry on single(?) warp threads, wrapped float brocading; Warp: not visible, wool?, c. 7-8 ends per cm; Weft: linen and wool S-spin, c. 70 per cm; Edges: not visible probably cut
Textile fragment with fringe; drawn thread work; in the centre an applied panel in the shape of an eight-pointed star in purple wool.
- Height: 36 centimetres
- Width: 45.5 centimetres
[8a] Medium - quite rotten in areas [8b] Good, stained in one corner
26 September 2006
Remove from Melinex. Adhesive coated net is firmly adhered.
Textile fragments have been adhered to a nylon net backing with an unknown adhesive.
In the past, the textile fragment was adhered to nylon net (sticky net). The fragment has been stored in a Melinex (polyester) sleeve. During summer 2005, as part of the restorage of the P&E textile collection, this sleeve which was sealed at the edges with sticky tape which had failed over time, was replaced (restorage project carried out by Anna Harrison and Catherine Petit de Bantel). It was then found that the sticky net had become closely adhered to the Melinex sleeve.In the Organic Artefacts Conservation Studio the fragment was detached from the Melinex through mechanical means. A metal spatula was used to carefully separate the net from the Melinex. The net remained firmly adhered to the textile. The fragment and netting were then placed between two pieces of silicone coated, 23 micron Melinex. This 'sandwich' was then slipped into the 'standard' Melinex sleeve for the P&E textiles. This consisted of an inner sleeve which is sealed along one long edge and is then slipped into an outer sleeve which is sealed along two short edges. This is designed to allow easy access to the textile.
Collection purchased at sale on 6th Dec 1954, lots 154, 155 and 156.
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Object reference number: MCB3276
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