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Textiles and Clothing : Medieval Finds from Excavations in London, c.1150-c.1450 (Italian) Hardcover – July, 2001
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A model of clarity, and copiously illustrated with photographs and diagrams. It provides absolutely essential reference material for the dress historian and archaeologist, for the early textile specialist, and those interested in the tools and equipment used. TOOL AND TRADES HISTORY SOCIETY NEWSLETTER (Linda Woolley, curator of early and medieval textiles and dress, V&A Museum) Highly readable... I particularly like the 'how to' section, and the inclusion of patter lay-outs. FINDS RESEARCH GROUP
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They start with excavations, and then go into the technique used to produce textiles - wool, hair, linen, silk, dyes an the looms. They show you actual pieces of material in very close up detail so you actually see the weave, in some cases they should the reconstructed "how it really appeared".
This is simply the best book on the subject and a must for Historical writers of this period.
Take, for example, the pattern and redrawing of the fitted 14th century dress. The pattern given in MOL:T&C is from one of the Greenland tunics. In fact, according to Robin Netherton, it's a redrawing of tunic that the is attributed as a man's tunic that isn't particularly fitted. There just isn't enough evidence to say that a tunic from Greenland is a good indication of fashion in mainland Europe.
That said, this is a fantastic resource. It should be in every recreationists library. But reader beware not everything in it is exactly 100% accurate.