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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Kingston upon Hull

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Author(s): Wendy R. Childs
The town Situated on the River Humber at its junction with the River Hull, Hull enjoyed the security of a river port and a wide hinterland accessible through river transport. York on the Ouse and Beverley on the Hull were particularly important to its trade, and it could reach beyond Nottingham into Derbyshire via the Trent. Its position on the east coast was ideal for supplying England’s main clients for raw wool, the urban cloth industries of the Low Countries. Meaux Abbey founded Hull, originally called ‘Wyke’, as a ‘new town’ in the twelfth century. It became a major…

Knitting and related non-woven structures

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Author(s): Ruth Gilbert
Definitions and history The early history of non-woven fabrics is obscure but some conclusions can be drawn from the available evidence: artefacts, pictures and text references. Knitting appears to have been developed from the ancient and universal looping (nålebinding) technique. Sprang is not technically related to either of these, but its products have been mistaken for knitting. Confusion arises not only from the visual similarity of the fabrics, but because one technique may produce many struc…