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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:23 pm 
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Dear Sandra, Pamela and others who have been following this thread,

I have becoming increasingly intrigued by this discussion, and by the cloth discussed. As there appeared to be one remaining unresolved issue, the nature of the thread, I brought out the microscope. As the field of the weaving itself of course showed only very short fragments of thread (because of the thinness of the thread only a fraction of a millimeter in length) I focused on the fringe.

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As the images show, there is a wide discrepancy in width, even in single strands, which is inconsistent with mechanical manufacture - and very unlike the appearance of occasional slubs in yarn of otherwise equal width such as may be seen in machine made yarn of bad quality. So I think we can safely conclude that, as was my original impression, this ulos was done in extremely fine hand spun yarn. Given the extreme thinness and brittleness of the thread, and the subtle but marked wear on the selvedges, plus the wear on the gold thread, I tend towards a dating of late 19th, early 20th C. Does that seem reasonable?

Thanks again for all the input!

Kind regards,
Peter

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