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Histoire générale du tissu

Nature volume 141, page 1038 (11 June 1938) | Download Citation



IN this second study in the series dealing with the history of weaving, M. Émile Cherblanc reviews the evidence from all sources, including that now made available by recent archæological discovery in Irak, bearing on the nature of the garment, reputedly of Chaldean origin and known to classical writers, notably Aristophanes, Menander and Pollux, as the kaunakes (ϰαuvαϰης). M. Heuzey in 1886 in a communication to the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres concluded, on the evidence of two monuments, as well as the literary sources, that the kaunakes was an oblong maritle of wool with a long pile, which was worn draped simply about the body.

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