Silk Lampas

Lampas could be defined as twill weave with a supplementary weft, for brevity’s sake we will leave this here. To the experienced weaver this definition could include any number of weaves which were not lampas. A preemptive example of lampas was this lampas silk from Southeast Spain, the Clothworkers’ Center Catalogue 1312-1864. There were a number of repeated designs incorporated into this cloth. The designs measured as follows; green design 4.5 inches,  blue square design 7 inches by 7 inches, blue round design 7 inches, grey/silver 4.5 inches.

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Shroud from Saint-Sernin

The fragment of the shroud from Saint-Sernin was a silk saumitum cloth woven around the 12th Century by Hispano-Moorish weavers (Musee National du Moyen Age, 2003). The fragment held by the Cluny Museum measured 44 cm by 23 cm. The woven design is that of peacocks facing one another with their tails held up  (Musee National du Moyen Age, 2003).  This cloth closely resemble Sasanian samitums, which often included roundels encircling peacocks and other mythical beasts. 

Lions compound satin

The groud is a red satin with a pttern executing is twill in yellow, white and green silks. The overall design of palmette motifs and pairs of crowned lions acing one another on either side of a tree motif.

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