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Before a piece of fabric can be made the fibres have to be spun, or twisted into yarn. After the fibres have been spun, a fabric can be woven. This is done on a warp weighted loom. Although archaeological finds of cloth have been limited, the small range of weaves that have been found are mostly still available today.

The density of a weave (measured in threads per centimetre) broadly falls into three groups:

  • Coarse (up to 10 threads per cm):
  • Medium (between 10 and 35 threads per cm):
  • Fine (over 35 threads per cm):

For obvious reasons silk would not have been found as coarse weaves, and linen has rarely been found with more than 20 threads per cm. 10 threads per cm seems to have been the most popular for everyday clothing


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Pages in category ‘Weaves’

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