A virtual display based on the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibition curated by Thelma K. Thomas (Fall 2001)
the fabric of everyday life
The enduring importance of fabric in our everyday lives -- for clothing, furnishings, symbolic communication, and commerce -- is underscored by the study of historic cloth. And, conversely, when we exploit our own experience to imagine ancient cloth artifacts as they were used in the past, then our understanding of the everyday concerns of past lives is greatly enhanced.
Several broad categories useful for the consideration of textiles in everyday life are listed below. They lead to more specific comments, which may serve as a prelude or guide to viewing the Historic Textiles from Karanis presented in this virtual exhibition.