[HNW] cotton in SCA period

Susan B. Farmer sfarmer at goldsword.com
Tue Jan 17 19:01:29 PST 2006

Quoting Allison263 at aol.com:


> Cotton was utilized by the upper classes, mainly as accessories such as
> coifs, veils, wimples, gloves, purses, and household furnishings such 
> as pillows,
> coverlets, tablecloths, napkins, towels, sheets, mattresses, etc. 
> Mazzaoui also
> says, several times throughout her book, that cotton threads were common in
> embroidery and cotton fabrics a common embroidery ground. I have no reason to
> dispute her findings, other than the fact that so few extant pieces have
> survived. But there are many fragments, particularly in the Middle 
> East, that makes
> me think she's probably right. And she cites numerous period inventory lists
> and wills that describe such items, which further strengthens the case.
> Unfortunately, almost all of her sources are the original extant 
> Italian documents,
> so I'll either have to learn medieval Italian or take her word for it. :)
> Cheers,
> Gabrielle

Are you saying that Cotton Floss is actually "period?"  that's just

cotton floss, I can afford .....  :-S

Susan Farmer
sfarmer at goldsword.com
University of Tennessee
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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