Latvian Testile Resources
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THIS list who would be interested.
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> In my library-mining for archaeological textiles, I've run acrosstextiles
> three volumes with information on medieval Latvian archaeology,
> although the two books by Zarina have the strongest focus on
> and clothing. The citations I have for them are:UC
> Zarina, Anna. 1988. Libiesu Apgerbs 10.-13. gs.. Zinatne, Riga.
> ISBN 5-7966-0017-6
> Zarina, A.. 1970. Seno Latgalu Apgerbs 7.-13. gs.. Izdevnieciba
> Zinatne, Riga. (no ISBN?)
> Caune, Andris. 1974. Latvijas PSR Arheologija. Izdevnieciba
> Zinatne, Riga.
> and on double-checking the publication information in the on-line
> library catalog, I notice the following that looks to be similarlyfragmentary
> Vankina, L. V. 1962. [Kalnieðu pirmais kapulauks. Autore: L.
> Vankina. Kalnieðu otrais kapulauks. Autors: V. Urtâns. Tîras purva
> depozîts. Autors: V. Urtâns. Zîmes uz XI-XIII gs. mâla traukiem
> Latvijas PSR teritorijâ. Autore: I. Cimermane] Riga. Series:
> Latvijas PSR Vçstures muzeja raksti. Arheolog̓ija
> The three of these that I've seen have all been quite chunky,
> profusely illustrated archaeological reports with intriguingly long
> bibliographies. On the other hand, some of the "artists'
> reconstructions" of the clothing represented by the quite
> textiles look to me to be heavily influenced by modern folk costumebe
> and may not be as reliable as one might wish.
> One of the fascinating features of the textile remains that could
> quite fun to reconstruct is an entire genre of (apparently)tubes
> rectangular cloak-like garments decorated with metal rings and
> -- either woven into the textile itself or fastened around the warp
> threads after weaving -- arranged in decorative patterns. (The
> effect is similar to the Finnish "metal coil embroidery" but the
> technique seems to be different.)