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

the importance of fabric

Fabric has been an integral part of everyday life since prehistoric times. It serves a variety of purposes because it is such a flexible medium. Cloth can be wrapped tightly or draped loosely, woven to one shape or knitted to stretch and conform to changing shapes, or pieced together and combined with other materials to create items as different as rag dolls and tents.

Archival Photograph: Examples of Textiles
From the exhibition: Kelsey Museum archival photo 7.2522, showing examples of textiles found at Karanis.

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