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Narrow wares
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Such textiles were the province of silkwomen, though it does not include all their work, excluding for example fringes and tassels, knops (see button), and buttons. It is not synonymous with small-wares, made or sold by haberdashers, though these included narrow wares such as ribbons, it also included small garments such as gloves, which were made up from leather or normal widths of woven cloth..

For examples of narrow wares, see brocading; finger loop braiding; garter ante-1100; garter post-1100; passementerie; stitches: embroidered seams and line stitches; tablet-weave.

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Narrow wares”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_470>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503



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