Fragments of textile

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From Balmacleiian, Kirkcudbrightshire

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Fragments of textile

These textile fragments were found at Balmaclellan in Kirkcudbrightshire, in a hoard containing a mirror and pieces of bronze sheet wrapped in four cloth parcels. The hoard was buried between 50 and 340 AD.

Enough survives of the textile fragments to provide information on the type of fabric and the weaving technique.

Textiles are highly perishable, and usually survive only as fragments. Their production was a simple one, often done in a home. First natural fibres or wool were collected and prepared, then spun into yarn and woven into cloth.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-115-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FA 14
Date: Between 50 and 340 AD
Material: Textile
Dimensions: Largest 100 mm x 70 mm
What: Textile / fragment
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Balmaclellan
Description: Four or five textile fragments from Balmaclellan
  • MacGregor, Morna. Early Celtic art in North Britain. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1976, vol. 1, p. 159. 
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