Theme 3 – University of Copenhagen

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Theme 3

The use of traditional textile craft and craftsmanship in the interpretation of ancient societies

Textile implements often constitute the single most important type of evidence for assessment of the scale of production and technology of the textile industry in the past. These implements include tools associated with various stages of textile manufacture.
By combining textual, iconographic and archaeological evidence with research on textile technology we have a fantastic possibility to include textiles and textile production in general archaeological research even if no actual textiles are preserved.
However, from this archaeological and historical point of view we need knowledge about traditional textile crafts in order to understand the techniques and the textiles produced in the past, and also to understand the powerful, but often invisible, influence of craft on societies.