Textile fragment with bands of interlaced braid

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with bands of interlaced braid

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Fustat (possible) (possible find spot)
    Near East (place of creation)
  • Date

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    two pieces of blue silk, embroidered with yellow silk; joined with a seam in cotton; two layers of linen backing

  • Material index

    cotton;
    linen
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    13 x 9.5 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric, along length/width 32 / 32 threads/cm (thread count)
    backing 1, along length/width 18 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    backing 2, along length/width 14 / 14 threads/cm (thread count)
    embroidery bands 1 cm (width)
    ground fabric 0.02 cm (thread diameter)
    backing 1 0.03 cm (thread diameter)
    backing 2 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.268.a

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  • Catalogue text

    Six parallel bands are set closely together, each containing an interlace braid. The bands are separated by a single line of yellow embroidery.

    Each band is 1 cm wide. The embroidery covers three layers of fabric, the top one blue silk, the middle one undyed linen that is loosely woven, the lower one coarsely woven linen. The fragment is sewn together from two pieces, each one with three bands. The seam follows the direction of the bands.

    In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. ii, vol. i

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