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child's tunic
Date: 1250 to 1300 A.D.
Dimensions: Other (centre back length): 28 cm (11 in.) Other (front length): 30 cm (11 13/16 in.) Other (width at hem): 41 cm (16 1/8 in.)
Medium: linen, silk?, cotton?
Made in: Egypt
Description: This garment is sleeveless and has a round neckline. The front opening would be secured using the three green fabric buttons with loop fastenings. The fabric is linen/silk, ornamented with narrow stripes in blue, black and pink. The black stripes are further decorated with geometric patterning achieved by the incorporation of some white warp threads. The fronts are single rectangular pieces of fabric. The back is cut with 3 rectangular panels, 1 broad one flanked by 2 narrower ones and seamed vertically. The construction of the sides is complex, with 3 horizontal bands of fabric seamed together. It is not clear how much of the stitching at the top is constructional and how much is alteration/repair. The tunic has a full lining, composed of various types of undyed plain woven linen. These have been pieced together vertically to follow the shape of the side panels. The 2 sides appear to be of slightly different construction and it is again unclear how much of the stiching is original and how much alteration/repair. Plain woven blue silk(?) has been used to face the fron opeining and armholes. The neck edge has been bound with plain woven black cotton(?) fabric, cut on the straight grain. There are 3 pale blue cotton(?) cord ball buttons to fasten the front. Two original blue cord loops survive, plus a dark blue cord replacement. A variety of threads have been used in the construction.
Inv. No.: 252
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