Thread in modern box - ROM2017_15946_7


Thread in modern box

Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1186-945 BC
Period: 20th-21st Dynasty, New Kingdom and 3rd Intermediate Period
4.9 x 10 x 10 cm
Object number: 907.18.45
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThe ancient Egyptians used needle and thread to construct or embroider their garments in the same way as we do today. Typically Egyptian garments were woven flat and then hemmed and seamed. This tangle of pale brown linen thread is 2-ply, spun clockwise (z-spun) and plied anti-clockwise (s-plied). Larry Salmon in Egypt's Golden Age (1982) p. 184 notes that "this is unusual, as linen rotates naturally in an "s" direction when drying, and the vast majority of two-ply Egyptian textiles are s-spun and z-plied."
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1905-1907
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