Little Woolen Things: Provenance and Typological Analysis of Surviving Nälbound Footwear from Late Antique Egypt
Bryn Mawr College. Department of History of Art
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Studies of surviving materials from late antique Egypt have identified nälbound footwear as a unique category of textile remains. Previous work on the topic, however, has focused predominantly on technique and construction, and less on an analysis of the surviving body of materials as a whole. This paper serves to collate known information about the original archaeological context of these materials, wherever possible, and proposes a typological framework by length upon which future research might be constructed. In the creation of this framework, individual properties, including polychromatic stripes, single-toe construction, and low wear patterns are seen to be correlated with small socks likely meant for children.