Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles

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Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth & Maria Hayward
The single volume Encyclopaedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles c. 450-1450 is a unique work that intends to bring together in 582 signed articles the latest research from across the range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of medieval dress and textiles.

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Quilting and padding

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Author(s): Maria Hayward | Lisa Monnas
'Quilt', 'to quilt' and 'quilting' ( cuilte, coilte, coute) derive from the Latin culcita or culcitra meaning a cushion or mattress. Quilting is a textile technique that usually involves two layers of fabric with a layer of padding (such as feathers, down, wool, cotton waste or silk waste) in between, which is often secured with lines of stitching. The result is a textile that is quite thick, soft and warm and one that could provide insulation, protection, decoration and flexibility. As such, quilting was an i…