27/ 2018- A Swedish point

We would like to wish you all a happy weekend with a historical textile related artifact!
This week we show you a lace end, a point.
We would also like to celebrate that we have now over 10400 followers on Facebook <3

The lace end, the point,  is excavated from the nunnery of Gudhem, Västergötland, Sweden. Dating 1100-1500 AD. The nunnery was closed 1529 AD. We guess that the item might comes from the 14-15th century.

It’s a simple piece of twisted brass or copper wire, leaving an opening for the lace thread. The cut end have been hammered so that the metal wires are smooth and form a point. There is no traces left of textile on this particular piece. But there are other twist point’s that still have a textile cord attached to it, so we are certain that this kind of twist points were used as lace points. Approx. size 4cm.

This piece can be found in the collections of Historiska museet in Stockholm, Sweden. Here is a link to the find in the database ( no picture).

Happy weekend!
/ Amica and Maria

ps. sorry for the crappy picture- we are gong to give you more pictures of twist points in the future.


26/ 2018 – Eric of Pomerania’s Belt

We would like to wish you all a happy weekend with a historical textile!
This week we focus on another celebrity from Denmark, from the exhibition at National museum in Copenhagen. The belt of Eric of Pomerania.
We would also like to celebrate that we have now over 10300 followers on Facebook 😀

The belt is tablet woven in silk and gilded silver. Originally the silk was very colourful in red, blue and green. The gold have fallen off but on some places one can see traces of it. The belt is dated to: girdle and belt mounts- early 13th – early 14th century.
Buckle and strap end- mid-15th century (Fingerlin 1971; Nørlund 1937)

A full analysis have been done by Viktoria Holmqvist and her article is published in: North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles X Series: Ancient Textiles Series Volume: 5, Copyright Date: 2010, Published by: Oxbow Books
Thank you Viktoria for an amazing job <3

Happy weekend!
/ Amica and Maria



25/2018- From Herjolfsnes, Greenland

We would like to wish you all a happy weekend with a historical textile!
It’s late and we have been working hard in the dye pots all day long. But to keep our promise, to give you nice pictures once a week, we just post pictures of a celebrity everyone already know.

From the exhibition at National museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. A children’s kirtle made in wool from Herjolfsnes on Greenland.
Check out the lovely 2/2 twill and the nice front gore. The kirtle is dated to late 14th century ( please tell us if we are wrong- can’t find the book at this hour…) !

Happy weekend!
/ Amica and Maria


22/2018 – The weekend picture’s- New photos

We would like to wish you all a happy weekend with  historical textile news.

This week we focus on the textile collection at Statens Historiska museum in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the working place of Amica Sundström, from Historical textiles, where she works as the textile curator.

Right now the museum are taking new photos of the textile collection. That means high resolution pictures of the textile collection that can be found online in the near future.

Happy weekend!
/ Amica and Maria



18/ 2018- The weekend picture’s

We would like to wish you all a happy weekend with a  historical textile.

This week we focus on a chasuble in silk from Ösmo church, Södermanland, Sweden. The church is whose oldest parts are from the 1100s, is mostly famous for it’s paintings  made by Albertus Pictor.
The fabric is a silk damask in a pomegranate pattern, from Italy. Now pale red/ pinkish.
It’s decorated with two different tablet woven bands.  The band that is attached to the back of chasuble, in the shape of a cross,  is woven in silk with gold thread in the brocading weft. Green and blue silk is still visible on that band. The band that is attached around the neck line is possibly made from linen and have a gold thread in the brocading weft. We find is quite amusing that the neck band is not at all centered in the front.

The shape of the chasuble have been changed and some material have been cut off. The item shows some interesting piecing and give us an idea that the fabric was once very valuable. There are no traces of pattern matching. The seams shows that the silk fabric was sewn together with back stitches.  One can see the characteristic V-shaped stitches through the gap in between the pieces.
The linen lining is very impressive with it’s dark blue colour. Most likely dyed with woad.

The chasuble can be found in the collections of Statens Historiska museum in Sweden.
Here is the link to the object in the database. The chasuble is dated to mid -to late 15th century.

Happy weekend!
/ Amica and Maria

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Textile dictionary

English below

För lite över ett år sedan så publicerade vi ett blogginlägg om Textilteknisk terminologi.  Här kunde ni läsa om hur ett antal olika personer och organisationer hade samarbetat för att göra informationen tillgänglig och sökbar på nätet.

Vi har nu glädjen att kunna publicera en förenklad variant av detta uppslagsverk, en tabell. Tabellen innehåller ca.450 textila ord, från förindustriell textilproduktion, och dessa är översatta till åtta olika språk. Ni hittar tabellen som ett alternativ i huvudmenyn på vår sida, Textile Dictionary.  Här visas alla åtta språk samtidigt och hela tabellen är sorteringsbar  per språk (tabellhuvudet), sökbar (sökfönster högst upp) och filtreringsbar per språk (längst ner i tabellen).

Om du drar markören över den svenska ordet så får du upp en beskrivning av detta. Klickar du på ordet så kommer du till grundinformationen i  KulturNav.
Än så länge finns det bara svenska beskrivningar. Du kan föreslå beskrivningar på andra språk och göra andra tillägg och ändringsförslag i KulturNav.

Trevlig sökning!
/ Amica och Maria

Just over a year ago, we published a blog post about Textile technical technology. Here you could read about how a number of different people and organizations had collaborated to make the information available and searchable online.

We have now the pleasure of publishing a simplified variant of this dictionary, a table. The table contains about 450 textile words, from pre-industrial textile production, and these are translated into eight different languages. You will find the table as an option in the main menu on our page. Textile Dictionary. Here, all eight languages are displayed at the same time and the entire table is sortable by language (table header), searchable (search window ) and filterable by language (table footer).

If you hover over the Swedish word you will get a description of this word. If you click on the word, you will open the information page, of that word, in KulturNav.
So far, there are only Swedish descriptions.You can propose descriptions in other languages ​​and make other additions and suggestions to KulturNav.

Happy searching!
/ Amica and Maria