In the Hallstatt salt mine there are numerous textile remains from the period between 1500 and 300 BC, which provide an insight into ancient weaving techniques. They are scientifically analysed and reworked in the Prehistoric Department of the Natural History Museum in order to understand the manufacturing technique and the amount of work involved. Especially the board weavings are the subject of research here. Instructions for reworking Iron Age fabrics from Hallstatt have been posted on Pinterest. Hundreds of people have already participated with their own weaving suggestions, creative implementations, and also corrections to the scientifically published weaving instructions.This has resulted in a new research question on the production of the bands, which was developed together with a Finnish weaver from this community and presented at a conference (including publication).
People who are interested in old weaving techniques and who weave themselves.
The project is also about re-enactment and do-it-yourself!
You can participate in the project at any time.
The weavings can be shared on the Pinterest wall on weaving techniques.
You can make your own creative woven objects inspired by the textiles from Hallstatt! You can get inspiration and share your weaving objects on the Pinterest wall!
Dr. Karina Grömer
Natural History Museum Vienna