TITLE

'Some in Rags and Some in Jags and Some in Silken Gowns': Textiles from Iceland's Early Modern Period

AUTHOR(S)
Smith, Michèle
PUB. DATE
September 2012
SOURCE
International Journal of Historical Archaeology;Sep2012, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p509
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The Danish trade monopoly of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries resulted in the implementation of strict regulations and controls on textile production, the introduction of weaving workshops equipped with new horizontal looms, and a deliberate attempt to phase out the production of homespun cloth on the warp-weighted loom. What was the fate of homespun cloth in this era of introduced industrialization in Iceland? Archaeological textile collections from Iceland's early modern period are abundant though understudied. This paper reports current research on these collections and suggests that homespun cloth did not die out in the late medieval period, but that it continued into the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, declining slowly thereafter. Moreover, homespun cloth of the early modern period evolved into something that was structurally different than its earlier medieval version, possibly in response to increased climatic fluctuations during the Little Ice Age.
ACCESSION #
79828113

 

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