A 13th century band from Stary Brzesc (Poland)

While in Poland, I took the opportunity to visit the Archeological and Ethnographic Museum in Lodz (Central Poland). I wanted to see one particular object – a woven piece of fabric found in Stary Brzesc and dated to the 13th century. I had seen some replicas of it online which …

Baltic raiders and the founding of Stockholm

The people living on the eastern side of the Baltic sea such as the Estonians, Curonians and Baltic Finns were not only attacked by the Vikings, but also themselves organized a few raids to the shores of Sweden. One of them was a particular success (or disaster, depending on which …

Scandinavians’ presence in the Viking Age Baltics

Sagas and chronicles tell stories about the lands of today’s Estonia and their interaction with the Scandinavians. Unfortunately these sources were often written much later than the events they describe took place and involve some fantasy elements. Their authors perhaps have never been to Estonia. Yet, these sources give evidence …

History of tablet weaving in Europe

The oldest weaving tablets were found in Spain and come from the 4th century BC. Yet, it is believed that tablet weaving goes back to even earlier times. The earliest examples of tablet weaving show its use as a starting edge of a fabric, not a separate band. Tablet weaving …