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hallstatt 013-the royal archives of Ebla, dated to the 3rd millennium BC, describe textiles produced, used and exchanged in Ebla itself, throughout Syria and in Mesopotamia (Sollberger 1986; Biga 2010) many thousands of the cuneiform tablets from the Ur III Dynasty preserve information on textile production, exchange and tribute in Sumer (Waetzoldt 1972; Pomponio 2010) Old Assyrian traders found in the Anatolian city of Kaneš, dated to the 19th-18th centuries BC

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During the 16th and 17th centuries, Gujarat, India, supplied embroideries of the highest quality to the Mughal court. As European traders began to arrive in India, production from adjusted to satisfy the tastes of markets abroad, particularly in Portugal and England. To create wares that would be popular overseas, embroiderers worked from existing European textiles. The combination of a spiraling vine pattern and playful animals has its source in English embroideries.

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Viking dress cuff with blue silk, embroidered using stitches from the mammen find, including a double herringbone stitch.

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Needle case. Bronze. Viking. The needle case hung from the tool brooch on women's clothing. Grave find, Hemse, Annexhemmet, Gotland, Sweden. SHM 4646

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Border Leicester sheep | The Border Leicester is a breed of sheep originating in England. Border Leicesters are polled, long-wooled sheep. Though large in size and robust, they are also docile. The breed has been exported to other sheep producing regions such as Australia and the U.S.

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