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Leather: garments and footwear
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The earliest evidence of Anglo-Saxon leather clothing consists of fragments of shoes and belts in richly furnished burials of the late 6th and early 7th centuries. The footwear comprises two pairs of finely-stitched turnshoes (the sole and upper stitched together and then turned inside out) with decorated vamps from the royal cemetery at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk; and a belt fragment of similar date, decorated with tooled parallel lines, found at Buttermarket, Ipswich, Suffolk. Traces of leather belts are relatively common f…

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Esther Cameron, “Leather: garments and footwear”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_000705>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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