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Archaeological Evidence for Luxury Non-Metalized Textiles from Medieval Bulgaria – 13th – 14th Century


Authors:
Ivan Chokoev Regional Museum of History – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 422-438

Abstract:

We have few written sources referring to the distribution of luxury textiles in medieval Bulgaria. Our knowledge on clothing is based primarily on foreign historical records, while the local Bulgarian sources (ecclesiastical texts mainly) provide general information without any details. The investigation on textiles, excavated in medieval Bulgarian lands lead to accumulation of data on silk fabrics, such as samite, twill damask, satin, velvet and partially covered the lack of written sources for this period. As a result of this study now we will have more solid grounds while comparing the distribution of luxury textiles in Bulgaria and Europe.

Keywords:

mediaeval silk textile, satin, velvet, samite, twill damask.

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