History · Knitting

Arabic inscriptions on knitted stockings

A descriptive catalog of Textiles in Egypt 200–1500 AD in Swedish museum collections, prepared by Marianne Erikson and published in 1997, includes a “Knitted stocking with Arabic text.” It belongs to the Swedish Museum of Textile History (Textilmuseet in Borås) and is dated to the 11th–15th century CE. The photograph in the catalog shows the inscription… Continue reading Arabic inscriptions on knitted stockings

Cross-knit looping · History · Knitting

Coptic needlebinding and Islamic knitting

The preceding several posts examine older documents about the production of looped fabric in Scandinavia. The earliest of them, a Swedish text from 1730, makes a clear distinction between garments that are knitted (stickes) and those that are [needle]bound (bundna). Texts from the following decades use those terms with greater ambiguity. Although the crafts remain… Continue reading Coptic needlebinding and Islamic knitting

Knitting · Nalbinding · Nålbindning · Terminology

All binding is not nalbinding

I’ve gotten myself fairly well bogged down in Scandinavian etymology while examining the origin of the term nalbinding (starting here). This is also a recurring topic in the current craft literature. However, one of the conclusions sometimes reached there is incorrect. The appearance of the word ‘binding’  (or one of the many variant or inflected forms of… Continue reading All binding is not nalbinding