Since late November last year I had a beautiful band on my loom, which I finished about two weeks ago. The original is from the tomb of the merovingian queen Bathilde (630-680) and the abbess Bertille (630-705). The textiles in their tomb were found as a bundle, so in some cases it is not possible to say, which textile belonged to which woman.
|Fragments of the original textile from Chelles. From: Königinnen der Merowinger : Patrick Périn, Egon Wamers (Hrsg.): Adelsgräber aus den Kirchen von Köln, Saint-Denis, Chelles und Frankfurt am Main; Schnell und Steiner, Regensburg, 2012, S. 139.|
The original band had a width of 18mm. I used 40/2 sewing thread and 48 tablets and came up with a width of 16mm.
The original textile was made frome fine silk and was composed from a variety of gemetrical patterns.