COLLECTIONS / Textile

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The Museum’s Textile Collection includes about 1,000 textiles, mostly ecclesiastical, from all over Greece, the Balkans and Asia Minor, and which date from the 5th century up to the 20th.
The Coptic textiles constitute a special category of their own.  These were found in excavations of Christian tombs in Egypt and were preserved thanks to the special climatic conditions in the region.  They are mostly made of linen with scenes embroidered or woven in coloured wools.
The Byzantine and Post-Byzantine collection consists mainly of ecclesiastical artefacts, priestly vestments and liturgical cloths. Many of them are silks with embroidered decoration and are precious examples of gold-thread embroidery.
 

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