Towel; Charcoal diapered on natural

Towel; Charcoal diapered pattern on natural base: 

  • Time period: 11th - 16th Century
  • Materials: Turkish Cotton
  • Product Dimensions:  95cm x 108cm

These incredibly soft, lightweight cloths are finished with a hand knotted fringe end with discrete side selvage – similar to that seen in extant pieces. While lighter than modern towels, they are as absorbent, dry very quickly and compact down tightly. Please note; only a limited number are available at any time and while each item will be similar, they may vary slightly as these are hand crafted pieces.

Aprart from being an excellent size for a towel, this could also be used as a wrap, cover, or earlier shared period napkin.

Care instructions;

The fabric will continue to both soften and become more absorbent over the first 2 or 3 washes. It is suggested for best results to machine wash the cloth in a washingbag to protect from snags, at no more than 30oC, and line or tumble dry on a low heat.

Potted history;

In the medieval household one of the most valued items were textiles. A wide variety of fabric types were made however, none were in-expensive and every scrap of fabric would be utilised in some way. White textiles with decorative weaves and embellished with patterned bands of colour such as these, were woven in linen, cotton, silk and blends of these fibres, depending on the region they were created and the wealth of the purchaser.

Such textiles were mostly destined for domestic use such as table cloths, napkins, placements, towels, hand towels, covers and wraps, as can be seen in the many contemporary domestic images. The very finest of linens were a mark of wealth and status, such that the term linen has become synonymous with table dressings today.

This cloth is hand loomed flat woven in Central Asia in rural areas where this type of cloth - the sizes, patterns and colours - are part of their cultural heritage and continue to be made for their own domestic market. That many of these traditional items are also part of the domestic history of the Medieval Christian world enables a truly special connection with our own past as well as with the east.

Further suggested reading;

  1. Medieval Household c1150-c.1450. Egan, G. EAN 9781843835431
  2. Textiles and Clothing; 1150 – 1450. Crowfoot E. EAN 9781843832393
  3. Textiles and Materials of the Common Man and Woman 1580-1660. Peachey S. ISBN 1858041678
  4. The Italian Cotton Industry in the later Middle Ages 1100-1600. Mazzaoui M.F. ISBN 0521230950
  5. Textile in context: An analysis of archeological textile. Zimmerman H. EAN 9789077957080
  6. Medieval clothing and Textile series, ed Robin Netherton
  7. Textiles in Archaeology, Wild, John P. EAN 9780852639313
  8. Woven into the Earth. Ostergard E. EAN 9788772889351


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