One of the
special variation of unorthodox braids beside a replica, both with the
obverse side to the left.
One of the 6
loop unorthodox braids with 6 colors. There were 4 knitted silk relic
purses all with loop braided strings in the same 6 colors.
color sequence has some
Further studies of braids
present on relic purses in other sites in Switzerland as well as in the
rest of Europe should be made in order to fill the picture of the
braiding methods and their distribution in medieval Europe.
Noémi Speiser and I would
like to thank Herrn Domherr Werlen in Sion for his kindness and for
allowing us to photograph the purses in Valeria and Herrn Custos Wenger
at Valeria for his understanding and help during our studies.
1. Noémi Speiser: Manual
of Braiding, Basel 1983, Published by the Author
2. Noémi Speiser: Old
English Pattern Books for Loop Braiding, Basel 2000, Published by the
3. Brigitta Schmedding,
Mittelalterliche Textilien in Klöstern und Kirchen der Schweiz, p
269-288, Abegg Stiftung 1978
4. Frieda Sorber: Randen
en koordjes, Tongeren Basiliek O.-L.Vrouw Geboorte 1988, p 90 -100
5. Elisabeth Strömberg:
Fyrkantiga Snodder, RIG 1950, p 64-69, Stockholm
6. Katia Johansen and Joy
Boutrup: L-m braids found in the Royal Danish Collections at Rosenborg
Castle, Copenhagen, L-M BRIC News No.6, April 9, 2003