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The term is used of a figured weave in which a pattern, composed of weft floats bound by a binding warp (i.e. a secondary warp employed for this purpose), is added to a ground weave formed by a main warp and main weft. The weft threads forming the pattern may be main, pattern or brocading wefts, which float on the surface as required by the pattern. A detailed discussion of lampas weaves from excavations in London covers the early history (from the 10th century) and spread to Western Europe, together with the many combinations of weaves and weights of silk cloth covered by the term. The finds…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Lampas”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000817>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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