October Meeting 2024
Saturday 19th October, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Talk: Textiles and Clothing in London 1150-1450 with Frances Pritchard
Among the most evocative items to be discovered by archaeologists are the scraps of silk and wool and other fabrics that signal so eloquently their owner’s status and concerns. Such clothing and textile finds have figured prominently in excavations of medieval sites in London; they have included knitting, tapestries, silk hair-nets and elaborately patterned oriental, Islamic and Italian fabrics, which reveal for the first time the wide range of cloths available to medieval Londoners; there are beautifully made buttons, and buttonholes and edgings which display superb craftsmanship and a high level of needlework skills; the way that clothes were cut and sewn can be studied in detail. This account should be of wide general interest; dress historians and archaeologists will also find a wealth of new insights into the fashions, clothing and textile industries of medieval England and Europe.
Frances Pritchard is Curator (Textiles) at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester.
Plus all the usuals – Show & Tell, Sales Table, and afternoon cake.