A beautiful finely interlaced woollen red strip, featuring geometrical decoration. Ochre threads have been employed against a deep red background. This strip was very likely part of a tunic, the most common garment in Coptic culture.
Date: 6th-10th AD Condition: Very fine condition, all the details of the interlacing are clearly visible.
This kind of geometrical motif would have been be very common in the Islamic reign of Egypt, which was conquered by the Arabs in 642 AD. Coptic textiles, whose production began in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD in Egypt, were hand woven with unbleached linen warps and dyed wool wefts. This beautiful Coptic textile managed to survive thanks to the dry and hot desert climate.
To discover more about Coptic textiles, please visit our relevant blog post: Coptic Textiles.
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