Tunic with tapestry-woven wool inserts, 6th to 7th century. Museum no. 136-1891

Tunic with tapestry-woven wool inserts, 6th to 7th century. Museum no. 136-1891

Tunic with tapestry-woven wool inserts
Egypt
6th to 7th century
Linen and wool
Museum no. 136-1891

These small naturalistic woven motifs were produced in the 4th to 6th centuries by early Egyptian Christians called Copts. The textiles are referred to as Coptic textiles. The motifs used include a quail, a basket of fruit and a dolphin. Another example includes flowers, and has birds and heads of women in the centre. These pieces were used as decoration on tunics, covers or hangings. The central brown square in which the basket of fruit is placed, and the border of fruit round the edge, are stitched at both sides but not at the top and bottom, where slits that occurred during weaving have been stitched together later.