The Fabric of Everyday Life
the importance of fabric
textile artifacts
picturing cloth
writing about fabric
Karanis in Egypt
The Wider World
Historic Textiles from Karanis
Texts about Textiles

writing about fabric

Texts about cloth can help us identify the values and meanings associated with particular fabrics and items made of cloth, reconstruct circumstances leading to production and acquisition, and understand artifactual features. Ideally, information from texts, images and artifacts can be brought together to shed light on a given topic and enhance our efforts to interpret cloth artifacts.

Image of Papyrus Text

From the exhibition: Papyrology Room (University of Michigan Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections) P.Mich. inv. 5191, text mentioning fabric, written in Greek on papyrus, from Karanis.