Roman Burial Pillow 1

This pillow was one of 3 found in a burial at Anitone. The original is now housed at the Musuee Historique des Tissus. The pillows were dated to the 3rd C AD from the unique burial methods used (Becker).Taquete has been found in Roman digs dated to the First Century AD. The First Century textiles are woven using wool warp and weft, whereas Third Century textiles of these structures used silk thread. However, Wild traced these textiles to Syrian workshops  (Wild a, 2003).

Handwoven Persian Robe

I set out to weave cloth to make a 7th C Persian Robe based on several extant robes I have found online and seen depicted on many Sasanian Silverworks. When I began my costuming research I found a number of images of Sasanian women in a variety of sources. I began tracking the stated status of each woman and what items of clothing they were depicted wearing. Of 17 noblewomen depicted in a variety of sources, 3 were depicted wearing robes or coats, of the 17 images of non-noble women or those whose status was not specified none were wearing this clothing style.

Damask cowl

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8 meters 21"

Pattern Notes Rose pattern from Spies 7th C Egyptian pg. 131.

30/2 gemstone silk

36-40 epi

First sample 40 epi in 15 dent reed 2-3-3, see reed substitution chart

Second sample 20 epi reed 2-3-3

177 units of 8

15-20 pattern shafts

8 threads per Patten Shaft

Tie up see notes from Asheden video





189 pattern units @ 8 ends per unit


Winding the Warp about 7 hours

Threading pattern heddles approximately 14 hours

Damask Trim

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185 warp threads

Wound separate waste warp of various cotton yarns.

Draft comes from Nancy Arthur Hoskin's Tabby to Taquete pg. 281 this design comes from another Roman Burial Pillow excavated from Antinoe Egypt. #26.812/21 Musee Historique des Tisus, Lyon, France.

Rise again

Whew I am so gald to have the site back up and running, I've been doing a lot of weaving and spinning, but I need to get all the extant textiles up to date before I add any other new content, but keep an eye out here for what I've been weaving! Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I'm weaving.

woven silk

Some of the silk is discoloured differently than the rest, the silk around the roundel encircling the senmurvs is lighter than the rest, erhaps this was reated differently? Img 100-4371 between the senmurvs there is a floral pattern the stem of the flower is very faint and there is a break in the twill line between the stem and the backbground, Could there have been embroidery that has deteriorated? Extremely rich cloth, but there does seem to be a threading error in the upper right hand corner.

Woman's bust in tapestry

This linen and wool tapestry is expertly executed. Weibel give a wonderful description of how the woman's head is depicted in this tapestry. The subject is a woman with her head turned slightly to the right shoulder. It is woven in very fine wool, which allowed the weaver to provide excellent detail in the tapestry.

The Senmurv Silk

This silk was dated to the 7th-8th Century . The silk was found in Iran, but the conservationists contend that it may have been made in Central Asia. The cloth itself is a compound weft faced twill (or samitum) the twill as shown in the photograph above is a S twill. A single repeat of the senmurv design was measured at 15.5 inches  by 13.5 inches. Upon study of this textile there appears to be one single treading error in the cloth, which was a great achievement in a cloth with such a large number of threads. The monochromatic design is a light green on dark green.

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