Hallstat: 1200 – ~500 BC (Early Iron Age)

A number of clothing scraps from the mine at Salzburg, Austria have been found which tell us that textile manufacturing was already quite advanced. Fabric finds include various twill patterns, stripes, checks, and embroidery, using a simple stem-stitch to outline meanders and swastikas. The embroidery was done using silk thread, probably unravelled from a garment imported from the far East [Barber, Ancient Textiles, p. 204].

It is possible that textiles were sometimes stamped with designs, since a number of small stamps have been found in Central Europe from the Neolithic period which are much like those used in the same area today [Barber, Ancient Textiles, p. 175, 226].

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