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 inherent meaning.
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 Author.
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