Woman’s linen hairnet

Inventory number: FT 208
Photo Michel Lechien, Musée royal de Mariemont

This head net was made in sprang, a technique that enabled to cross warps by hand and to maintain the design in position. Once the net, and notably the centre, had been completed, it was finished by interlacing the threads, as can be seen here on the top. A small cord, here in red wool, was often added to one of the bases of the net in order to fit it closely on the head.




5th - 6th century


Linen and wool


H. 19 cm, L. 19.5 cm


Musée Dobrée, Nantes (on loan from Musée de Cluny) inv. D 2001.2.2 and D 2001.2.3.


Collection Coptic textiles Fill-Trevisiol: donation


Musée royal de Mariemont

Open sprang in natural coloured linen

I. Open sprang structure

Yarns used for sprang:

natural-coloured linen S2Z; blue wool S2Z


blue wool: fragment sewn together for conservation: technique?

Red drawstring at the back:

not through the back loops

Narrowing at the top:

7 rows of 2 yarns together, 1 row of 4 yarns together, then several rows of 8 together: tassel: 3.5 cm; side seams closed with blue wool