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Late Saxon Textiles from the City of London

Late Saxon Textiles from the City of London

By Francis A. Pritchard

Medieval Archaeology, Vol.28 (1984)

Abstract: Archaeological investigations in the City of London have produced an important collection of late 9th- to early 12th-century textiles manufactured from wool, goat hair, silk and flax. The production processes associated with the different types of cloth are here described, together with details of weaving techniques and dyeing practices. Changes in the types of cloth used in the  11th century are related to the introduction of new technology and the decline in use of the warp-weighted loom. Evidence is examined for the local manufacture of cloth and for the import of foreign silks. Lastly, attention is drawn to the similarity of the London textiles to those found in other regions of northern Europe.

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