For more than 1,000 years, this hat survived in a tomb preserved by the dry climate and sandy soil of Egypt. Textiles from Coptic tombs offer insight into the lives of the early Christians of Egypt, including what they wore, and how they wove and stitched together garments. Look for the small earflaps around the base.

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How old is the oldest textile you have and what condition is it in?

responded: Sep 10, 2010

Posted by Alice

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My oldest textile is a cotton bed cover knitted in strips by my great-great-grandmother. She grew the cotton, cleaned, carded, and spun the thread, and knitted a checker board pattern on tiny needles. It is natural in color, and. unfortunately full of holes, but there is enough left to see the construction and pattern.

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