Woven Linen Loincloth

As you know, illustrations of Neolithic scenes always show people wearing woven cloth (because it had been invented by that point.) My guess is that this is mostly used to cover women in the scene due to contemporary modesty, as we have no real idea how much cloth was used (their art doesn’t really depict it and little has survived). Most prehistoric fabric is rough, heavy, and VERY hot in the summer. It does benefit in the winter and is more resistant to water than leather. Otherwise, I suspect leather was the staple material for common garments until the bronze age, when weaves/looms became more capable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behold, the early Neolithic flax loincloth. It weights more than a pair of jeans and it is VERY uncomfortable to wear. If you were aged, washed and beaten with a rock, it would be a little softer. Using a simple rough spun two ply flax twine would also help, but I would grow old and dying trying to weave it (it takes longer to weave thinner twine).
The model is able to enter the water and work without worrying about the garment being damaged. It keeps her quite secure and would be useful like this in the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I switched from weighted warm to looped warp, due to the length of the garment. The continuous warp is not likely due to the length of the string needed, but the difference between weighted and continuous looping warp is very little, practically. The first few picks of weft are the most difficult, but it soon becomes a solid fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ended up picking about 2 rows every 5 minutes. This is pretty fast and much quicker than my earlier speed of perhaps 2 rows per 30 minutes. Most of this comes from repetition and development of good habits. A villager would likely watch their parent, learning. In the early teens, they would probably start weaving and by their early 20’s, they would be a pro! (I suspect)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the nearly finished product. The continuous loop also makes tying down the ends much easier, due to the lack of knotting required. Thinner cord would negate this need.

Linen Loincloth
Linen Loincloth

I added the shirt and leggings to the model to simulate a spring or fall outfit. I didn’t do this to the first photo so you could see how the cloth sat on the model. Fully outfitted, she is ready for cooler temperatures! I need to make her some shoes, but first I will weave her a real linen shirt.
So, note to dev’s… cloth clothing should be, perhaps, worn for special events, the winter or for leaders. During the warm months, it should be avoided.

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