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


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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17/ 2018 The weekend picture- Fringe frenzy

We would like to wish you all a happy weekend with some  historical textiles.
We would also like to celebrate that we have over 10.000 followers in Facebook.
We could never have thought that there were so many textiles nerd’s out there. <3

This week we focus on fringes on various historical textiles.  All, except one, are woven in silk. The last one is woven in linen.

The fringes are attached to various items all related to church textiles.
The fringes  can all be found in the collections of Statens Historiska museum in Sweden.
The items are dated to 14-17th century.

/ Amica and Maria


Advent calendar 19 December 2017

Our  nineteenth calendar post is a wool fabric. From Uppsala, Sweden.

Here we can see a the fabric. It’s a 2/2 twill. With one thread system spun in Z and the other thread system spun in S.

The fabric dates to 1100-1500 AD.

Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden


Advent calendar 14 December 2017

Our fourteenth calendar post is a double weave. From Marby church, Sweden.

Here we can see a close up on the backside of the weave. The wool yarn is dyed with madder and woad. The white yarn is made of linen/ or hemp.

The weave dates to 1000-1200 AD.

Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden





Advent calendar 12 December 2017

Our twelfth calendar post is a cocktail of things. It’s a relief velvet, a selvage of the velvet, a woven band and a embroidery in gold thread. The object is a cope from Vallentuna, Sweden

The majority of the materials are in silk. The embroidery seems be made on linen or hemp fabric.

The cope dates  1450- 1500 AD.

Now in collections of Historiska museet, Sweden




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