[HNW] cotton fleece
SNSpies at aol.com
Tue Jan 17 12:53:14 PST 2006
Conventional knowledge is that cotton was rare except in the Mediterranean
areas, was of poor quality, and so the fibers were used mainly for stuffing
rather than fabric.
Just a note, if I may: the cotton that was being raised, imported, traded,
and worn in the Mediterranean basis through the 12th century was from the
sublime to the ridiculous in terms of quality and was put to a wide variety of
uses. Yes, it was apparently fairly uncommon north of the Mediterranean; we
mustn't forget how important the Mediterranean basis was during the Middle Ages
and Renaissance. I think, myself included, that many of us in the SCA are
northern-Europe-centric, often to a fault! The trading monopolies shifted
from the Arabs to the northern Italians only in the 12th-13th century. I would
highly recommend S.D. Goitein's books on the Geniza documents from 9th-13th
century Egypt. Amazing information about textiles.
Ingvild Josefsdatter, OL
Bright Hills, Atlantia
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