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Weaving – associated with the Norns

Textile craftwork was well developed and fabrics and clothes were important goods for trade. Colourful tapestries and covers were woven with vertical looms from natural dyed wool and linen.

Using weaving tablets and small weaving combs, patterned tablet-woven bands were made from silk and silk yarn, imported from what we now call Asia.

The bands would be sewn onto clothing or onto textiles. With the aid of silver and gold wire, bespoke patterns and motifs could be made.

Weaving was also the domain of the three Norns, namely Urd, Verdandi and Skuld, who decided the destinies of all living beings by spinning the threads of life.

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Silk fragment

  Silk fragment

Tabletwoven band

  Tabletwoven band

Tabletwoven band

  Tabletwoven band

Wool fabric

  Wool fabric

Cushion

  Cushion

Cushion

  Cushion

Posament-ribbon

  Posament-ribbon

Posament knots

  Posament knots

Cross

  Cross

Shear

  Shear

Weaving comb

  Weaving comb

Scissors

  Scissors

Needle

  Needle

Needle

  Needle

Winding tablet

  Winding tablet

Smoothing board

  Smoothing board

Weaving tablets

  Weaving tablets

Smoothing stone

  Smoothing stone