Silver Bottle 1

500-650Dancers and musicians Roman style seasons and months

Senmurv Bowl

This is a good example of typical Sasanian designs.

Silver Bowl Man's Bust

250-300 ADFreer Gallery of Art 57.20

Walters Plate with King and Queen

Why enter A&S Displays/Competitions?

I often encourage artisans to enter A&S competitions and displays. When asking most artisans if they plan to enter the competition or display at an event, they often reply, "why should I?", or "I don't think this project is good enough."  Remember, we artisans are our own worst critics.


After studying an extant piece of taquete at the Cloth Workers Centre. I wanted to redact the draft and weave my own version of this monochrome textile. In order to test my draft, I had to weave the textile. I wove a bag for myself and wanted to weave smaller pieces that could be given away as thank  you gifts or as tokens to people who really inspired me.


Introduction: the Item This aumônière (alms purse, or pouch) was made as a gift for Mistress Margaret de Mey on the occasion of her elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Margaret often dresses in 14th Century fashion. Therefore this aumônière is based on those in use in the 14th Century. Aumônières were an essential accessory, as clothing of this time did not include pockets. Even noble women of this era are depicted using these items. As this entry is entered as heraldic display, this documentation will forgo further discussion of aumônières themselves.


Historical information This entry was inspired by one of 3  patterned woven textiles were found in Gayet’s Antinoe excavations. These textiles were pillows placed under the heads of Romans in the cemetery (Becker). The 3 pillows found by Albert Gayet in Egyptian cemetery in Antinoe have been dated to the first half of the 3rd Century (Becker,  Hoskins, Pritchard).


I have been wanting to tapestry weave a roundel for years. Weaving a circle is one of the most difficult tapestry weaving techniques and it has taken me a while to build up to attempting a roundel. I have woven this roundel using my SCA heraldry. The main concept of the roundel is based on those Sasanid roundels I have studied at the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Samitum is a commonly found textile in Sasanid Persia. It is found as cloth for clothing, but also as trim on the Antinoe Riding Coats. I decided to weave this set and mount it on detachable cuffs, so I can wear them with any costume. These cuffs were tremendous fun to weave and I look forward to weaving another set. This was my first full samitum project. I wove 2 samples of the central motif before embarking on this set. The first 2 samples were done in larger silk at a wider sett.


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