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Hemming (1)
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Hems are important sources of evidence for construction techniques, and are found from the earliest part of our period, on for example the Orkney Hood. They can be deduced on textiles on which the stitching thread (presumed linen) has not survived, from the presence and positions of stitch holes. There have been several studies of hems, notably from York in the Viking Age and 14th-century London. From York, the form of hem varied according to the type and thickness of the textile. Rolled hems, for example, were exclusive to silk textiles and found in almost all cases where hems had survived. Wo…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Hemming (1)”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000849>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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