Fragment of printed linen, 1350–1400. Museum no. 1745-1888

Fragment of printed linen, 1350–1400. Museum no. 1745-1888

Fragment of printed linen
Pink linen printed with black pigment, probably by woodblock
Probably Germany
1350–1400
Museum no. 1745-1888

Printed textiles predated prints on paper, but few survive today. This one shows women trapping birds in a vine. As with other examples, it is mostly the background that is printed in colour, not the design of figures, birds and foliage.