December – the romantic Kaupang band

The original band was attached to a piece of herringbone twill found in a woman’s grave in Kaupang, Norway. It was very tiny, only 9 mm wide! Most likely, it was woven with two wool threads and two plant fibers. The colors are not known. My interpretation is with four …

June – Birka motif with a Slavic vibe

This band is unusual in the sense that in between the repeated motifs there are some floating threads left. This is done so to achieve green only space which nicely highlights the pattern. For those interested in how to weave a one colour surface without floating threads, I recommend the …

March – red, blue, white ‘Slavic’ belt

Although the so called ‘pan-Slavic’ colours – red, white, and blue – were introduced only in the 19th century, they were rather common and widely worn colours in the Middle Ages. Red dye was obtained from dried madder root, while blue from dried leaves of woad and later, indigo. The …