Ancient Danish textiles from bogs and burials: a comparative study of costume and Iron Age textiles

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National Museum of Denmark, 1980 - Design - 398 pages
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This `comparative study of costume and Iron Age textiles' discusses the often remarkably well preserved textiles and other garments from prehistoric deposits and burials in Denmark's numerous mose. Hald examines in turn textiles and skins from peat bogs; textiles from settlements and graves; raw materials and spinning; woven fabrics and their construction; dating prehistoric Danish weaves; looms and fabrics; needle and sewing; prehistoric costume.

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A fascinating and comprehensive study of extant Iron Age textiles and clothing from deposits and burials in Denmark. The author examines finds from peat bogs, settlements and burials, discussing the ... Read full review

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Leafing through a friend's copy, I knew I had to buy this book! After five months of fruitless searching, one of my husband's collegues found one at the Danish National Museum, and brought it back to Alaska for me. For anyone interested in early Northern European textiles, Bronze and Iron-age plaids, sprang and loop-netting, bog bodies, or historical re-enactment, the information in these pages is enthralling. The photos are B&W, and many are old, having been taken at the original excavation sites, with more detailed photos of the fabric and fragments during the research/archival process. Companion drawings show weave patterns and direction, along with a number of contemporary reconstructions, with an interesting, informative text. I have the English edition, translated by Jean Olsen, from Margrethe Hald's original Danish. I do not know whether the book is still in print, but those interested might consider contacting the museum (address as of 1999)
Publications of the National Museum of Denmark,
Fredericksholms Kanal 12
DK-1220, Kobenhavn K
tel: 3347 3808
Archeological-Historical Series, Vol. XXI
Printed for the museum by Fyens Stiftsbogtrykkeri, 1980
ISBN 87-4800312-3
Barbara Caraway
Anchorage, Alaska


Foreword to the first edition
Textiles and skins from peal bogs
Textiles from settlements and graves

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