Tag: Textiles in the Middle Ages


Technological Development in Late Saxon Textile Production: its relationship to an emerging market economy and changes in society

The process of change from domestic textile production in early Anglo-Saxon England (5th – mid-7th century) to the more commercially based, organised industry of the late Saxon period (late 9th – 11th century) is a long and complex one.


“Well Cut through the Body:” Fitted Clothing in Twelfth·Century Europe

Before we go any farther, we should investigate the very practical suggestion that tightly fitted clothing resulted from developments in “cutting and sewing technology.” In the case of twelfth­ century Europe, however, it seems there was no real change in the tools of the trade; for example, iron shears, which might seem primitive, continued to be used by tailors into the late middle ages.