Monday, October 17, 2011

Reference for ca 1340 French pouch in Krakow

Finally, I've found the reference for the ca 1340 French pouch in Krakow (I wrote about that one here). It's in this book:

Von Wilckens, L. (1991). Die textilen Künste von der Spätantike bis um 1500. München: Verlag C. H. Beck. ISBN 978-3406353635

On page 206 you will find two small b&w images of this pouch, one of the front and one of the back. On the side that I didn't get to see, the cap of the bearded man is pulled down. I must confess that the meaning of this all is a bit of a mystery to me :-) I scanned the German text, but so far, I haven't read anything related to this pouch. If anyone of you knows more, we'd love to hear about it!

By the way, this book is a real must-have if you're interested in medieval textiles. The book covers the following chapters:

  • weaving up to the 7th century
  • woven silks 7-13 th century
  • woven narrow bands and borders
  • woven silks 1300-1500
  • woven fabrics, linen ,wool and mixed fabrics
  • dyed and printed fabrics
  • embroidery
  • tapestry
  • “other” techniques (sprang, knitting)

It contains a lot of images, both b%w and in color, and is has a substantial amount of images I haven't seen in other books, or only in references which are hard to find and/or very expensive. I really enjoyed the chapter on embroidery, with quite detailed images of German 14th century whitework. 

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