Yet another ancestral technique, dating back to at least 8th century BC. Simple, yet clever, this method allows for an incredible range of patterns and was used to weave textile bands serving both as ornament and straps.
The simpler ones were monochromatic, woven in vegetal or animal fiber. The most elaborate ones often included a second weft of spun gold or silver.
Original, sturdy and colourful, tablet-woven bands will nicely play the time-travel game, whether you want to adorn your period costume or add a whimsical strap to your camera.
HOW ABOUT TRYING YOUR HAND ?
Intrigued ? As it happens, we also make some of the necessary tools to create your own weavings. We have thin horn tablets, customizable on special order with runes, numbers or other markings to help you keep track of your work. Likewise, you will find smooth horn shuttles in our assortment.
WHAT ABOUT BACK THEN ?
The vast majority of the found tablet-woven bands are of the brocaded kind. The metallic salts of the double weft allowed for a better preservation of the band. It can also occur that this weft is all that remains, slightly deformed by the now-decayed warp, which shows what the pattern was. A few examples of the other techniques also suvived. And the famous ship grave in Oseberg contained a band still in construction, along with 52 tablets.