MEDATS 2006- Looping the Loops

Winter Looping the Loops Knitted Garments in the Collection of the Museum of London By Edwina Ehrman 1500's era knitted caps Stockings Found near main Second Hand Market one Red one Blue 1 has a silk chin strap that is attached on the inside of the cap 1 cap is only 7 inches in diameter Edwina presumed it was a child's cap One member noted it may be a lady's cap that was not intended to cover the entire head. 2 caps were found with coins in the brim Coins of Richard III and Edward III Museum has a furhter 12 caps and 1 cap lining and a knitted mitten from Hill Street, Finnsbury The mittens were made from natural wool and has a black decorative band. "Hood shaped" cap has open decoration and has ear flaps, it may possibly have been died with madder There is also a flat cap with a slashed brimm this cap is made using stocking stitch and felted originally dyed red and lined with silk. it also has a double layered brim. There is also another flat cap with a silk ribbon threaded through the brim The Museum also has many earflaps that are no longer attached to a cap, they are knitted in stocking stitch There is also a child's knitted verst, on  display in the new Medieval Gallery. Slides of the vest can be viewed using a magnifying glass at the museum. Stockings in the collection 1 long with reinforced heel 1 short used increasing and decreaseing stitches knitted silk stockings from Finnsbury that are deemed imported The lecturer encourages as many people as possible to come view these resources. Please let the museum know if you wish to see a specific item as they are not all on display. Middle Eastern Culture By: Jenifer Scarce Scarce began the talk by discussing why knitting is considered a craft. Scarce considers knitting everyday and useful, but not without value. Scarce argues that knitted items have a high value, because they are useful and can be decorative and made with great skill. However, Scarce admits that these items are hard to track down because they are perishable. Most existing examples exist in fragments. The Newbury Collection in the Ashmolean contains approximately 1,000 Islamic textile fragment. The Victoria and Albert Museum holds 8 pieces of Muslim textile fragments. Scarce admits that identifying knitted garments is also problematic because items are often incorrectly identified as nalbinding when it is actually knitted and vice-versus. Tracking down written evidence is also difficult because of the many words that are used in Persian, Turkish and Arabic languages. These languages often have many meanings as well. This all makes it diffcult to track down reliable information on Medieval "Middle Eastern" knitting. Scarce prefaces the rest of the lecture with the fact that she can not find any "sources I would trust" to any knitting earlier than the 19th Century. That being said, she believes that the decorative cuffs seen in 17th Century Persian miniatures are mistakenly assumed to be decorative trousers cuffs. Scarce points to a pari of knitted slipper socks as her evidence that the miniatures actually depict the top cuff of the slippers in a boot. Scarce references a pair of 17th Century slipper boots in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The main areas of archeology are teh Pre-Islamic burial groupnds in Upper-Egypt. These finds contained many coptic pieces Fustan was excavated in the early 20th Century