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Knitting and related non-woven structures
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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 structures, and a specific structure may…

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Ruth Gilbert, “Knitting and related non-woven structures”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_411>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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