Cap, 5th–8th century, Egypt, linen|wool, sprang technique. Sprang is an ancient technique, dating back to the bronze age, of constructing fabric with a natural elasticity. It appears similar to netting but is constructed entirely from warp threads. Archaeological evidence indicates sprang predates knitting.
Egyptian sprang 400-699 CE Whitworth Art Gallery Sprang is an ancient method of constructing fabric that has a natural elasticity. Its appearance is similar to netting, but unlike netting sprang is constructed entirely from warp threads. Archaeological evidence indicates that sprang predates knitting; the two needlework forms bear a visible resemblance and serve similar functions but require different production techniques.