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ULITA - an Archive of International Textiles

child's garment
Date: 1250 to 1300 A.D
Dimensions: Other (centre back): 45 cm (17 11/16 in.) Other (width (sleeves extended)): 60 cm (23 5/8 in.) Other (width at hem): 49 cm (19 5/16 in.)
Medium: linen
Made in: Egypt
Description: The outer fabric of the tunic is plain woven with broad pink coloured bands alternating with narrow blue, cream, black and pink warp stripes. The warp runs vertically on the body of the garment and horizontally on the sleeves. The front and back of the tunic are made from single rectangular pieces of fabric. These are joined by roughly triangular side panels, which have also been gathered using blue silk(?) thread, producing a flared skirt. The sleeves are short and made from single strips of fabric set straight into the shoulders to produce a 'T-shaped' garment. The armholes have been reinforced with stitching in blue silk(?) thread. This may be a repair but appears to be similar to constructional thread used at many other points in the garment. The tunic is lined with coarse undyed plain woven linen(?) cut from similar basic shapes to the outer fabric. An interlining of cotton(?) wadding creates a padded effect. The tunic has a central slit placket opening at the rounded neck fastened with red fabric buttons and loops. The placket is made from a different blue striped silk(?) fabric, cut with the stripes running horizontally. The facing is made of plain woven cotton/linen with a woven blue, black and cream check. This has also been used to face a central slit opening in the front of the skirt of the tunic. The bottom of the neck opening and the top of the skirt opening have been reinforced by oversewing with blue silk(?) thread. The neck edge is bound with plain woven black cotton(?) fabric cut on the cross. On the front of the tunic is a patch pocket with a button closure.
Inv. No.: 253
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