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The Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Project

Project Aims

The Project investigated the complex relationships between vocabulary, artefact and image. Also included in the database were definitions in modern English of medieval technical processes and artefacts Read more ...

Detail of an Anglo-Saxon great square-headed brooch from Pagelsham, Essex.

Introduction and background information

Cloth and clothing have been integral to life for every person since civilization began. In the Middle Ages dress was an identifier of occupation, status, gender and ethnicity; textiles ranged through opulent, symbolic, utilitarian and recycled. Cloth production and international trade constituted a major sector of the economy of medieval Britain. Read more

Watercolour reconstruction of seventh-century women's dress, painted by Rosalyn Smith.

Medieval Textiles

Evidence for medieval textiles and clothing is sought in diverse academic disciplines: archaeology, archaeological textiles, art history, economic history, literature, languages. Read more

Languages of Britain

The vocabulary of the various languages spoken and written in the British Isles is documented in specialist dictionaries. At the centre of the Lexis Project was the assembly and examination of textiles/clothing lexis in the early languages of Britain, investigating the genesis and subsequent development of vocabulary.
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