Monday, November 27, 2006

Medieval silkwork: ca 1320 tassels

Isis discussed the technical details of some tassels in earlier posts, e.g. Medieval silkwork: Tassels: second half of the 14th century, Medieval silkwork: Late 15th century tassel. I found two Swiss circa 1320 purses with tassels that are made using yet another technique. I examined both purses and it seems that the tassels were made by wrapping a silk thread around the head and fastening it with gold thread. Pictures of the purses can be found in the Webcollection of the Landesmuseum in Zurich. Search for 'beutel' or LM 1825 a and LM 1825 b.

Here are two pictures of my copy of those tassels

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