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Textile art
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Although TA is one of the oldest human skills, original ancient remains survive only exceptionally from climatically favourable regions (Textiles, production of). Its development must therefore be inferred predominantly from indirect sources, i.e. from unsystematic information in ancient literature and from depictions in painting, mosaics, vase painting and sculpture [1]. The objects of TA are clothing (cf. also barbárōn hyphásmata , toga , trabea [1], tunica ), wall hangings and curtains, floor coverings and rugs, and, finally, tents and other temporar…

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Willers, Dietrich (Berne), “Textile art”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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