Weaving techniques

Numerous textile remains dating from between 1500 and 300 BC have been found in the salt mine in Hallstatt. They give a fascinating insight into ancient weaving techniques. Remains of textiles are analysed and recreated by staff from the Department of Prehistory at the Natural History Museum in order to understand the techniques used to make them and the amount of work involved.

Much of the research work focuses on tablet weaving. Instructions for making your own Iron Age fabrics based on the materials found in Hallstatt have been posted on Pinterest. Since then hundreds of people have come up with their own weaving ideas, creative patterns and also corrections to the scientifically published weaving guides.
This resulted in new research on how corded ribbons were made. This was investigated by a Finnish member of the weaving community and presented at a conference (incl. publication).
People interested in ancient weaving techniques and who enjoy weaving.
The project also involves elements of re-enactment and do-it-yourself!
You can participate in the project at any time
Weaving patterns and creations can be shared via the Pinterest-Wall.

Create your own weaving projects based on textiles found in Hallstatt!
For inspiration and to share your own weaving ideas visit the Pinterest Wall Pinterest-Wall !
Mag. Dr. Karina Grömer
Natural History Museum Vienna
Department of Prehistory