These photos were taken at the National Museum of Greenland.
Most items excavated during the long history of archeological exploration on this island had been removed to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. As the Island of Greenland has been culturally developing, compromises have been struck that have allowed many of the items taken to Copenhagen to be returned.
One of these developments is the National Museum of Greenland. It has a superb archive section as well as wonderful exhibit areas.
Danish Museum number 10580, commonly known as the Greenland Gown, was one of these returned items.
I will not be showing any photos of this item at this time, nor of the small bits of textile. As of yet, I have not finished my examination of them and they will be included in an upcoming piece of research.
In this batch of photos you will find many items that were included in Woven Into The Earth (WIE) by Else Ostergard. I will try to identify them and the page number as I present each photo.
There are many items in this case, but the primary one that I am referencing is the loom beam in the back. This was found at the Farm Beneath the Sand along with several others.
This is the other side of the weaving beam found at GUS. The beam was almost intact with only a small bit of the left end broken off. It was recovered though it was not displayed.
I would also like to bring your attention to the lower right corner of the photo. Yes, these are shoe maker’s lasts. There was no indication why they were displayed in case.
In the back of the photo you can see a whale vertebrae that was fashioned into a stool that may have been used to assist in weaving. To the left next to the stool are three partial weaving swords. To the front of the weaving beam is a pile loom weights.
There will be more about loom weights and textiles coming up in future work, some in this blog and some in research writings.
In the next posts, I will be sharing many museum treasures that may or may not have anything specific to do with textiles. I can promise an interesting post next week dealing with spindle whorls and various spindles.
The story of the journey will also continue. I hope you all will come back and see what else we discovered on the trek to find the Greenland Gown.