Please substitute either "WWL" or "Warp Weighted Loom" for my "WWW"...
really, I don't think that wrestlers were ALL that involved in fabric
production, even if my fingers seem to have thought so.
> On the note of period fabrics were narrower--not always.
> I've been working on a re-creation of the G63 from Herjolfsnes and
> based on the loom widths and the cut the original fabric was about 43"
> wide (give or take a couple inches). This was on a warp-weighted loom
> btw. Just saying that they weren't always narrower.
It was my understanding (I'm not a weaver so haven't studied the stats all
that much) that WWW weaving could be extremely wide - the Tunicas found in
Egypt, which were woven on the WWW produced clothing that was as wide as a
man's arm-span (the fabric was woven in one continuous piece and included
sleeves, with merely side seams to create the closed body ). I've been told
that the introduction of the floor loom, which was limited to the width of
the weaver's reach (and operated by men, for commercial use) so that ended
up with the thinner widths - but that was much later in the Middle Ages. So
it was possible that some Gothic Fitted Gowns produced in Mainland Europe
may be of thinner bolts of cloth than gowns produced in Greenland, simply
because the Europeans were on the forefront of technology and were switching
over to the (faster) floor looms while the Greenlanders were still working
with the more traditional ones.
At least, that is my hazy understanding from talking with weavers... I don't
know much, I was just looking for information about how to construct
correctly-pieced hangerrocs and didn't want to mess up their measurements.
It was a relief to learn that I really only had to deal with side-seams if I
were of the mind to make simple ones.