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Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs

Cushion cover with tiraz inscription, Egypt, early 9th century. Wool and linen: tapestry weave. Cleveland Museum of Art, J. H. Wade Fund, 1959.48, TL42343.6. Image: Courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art.

Discover what textiles made and worn in medieval Egypt tell us about connection and belonging in a diversifying world.

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From swaddling newborns to enshrouding the deceased, woven fabrics touch nearly every aspect of human existence. The textiles in this exhibition are particularly meaningful, for they tell a bigger story about political and social power, class, trade, and concerns for the afterlife during a transformative period in Egyptian history. In the medieval era, control of the region shifted repeatedly, as Egypt was subsumed under a sequence of

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