TLR 1 (3-4) 2018 120-1282019-02-01T10:32:42+00:00

A Contribution to Understanding the Textile Terminology in the Dalmatian Area between 2 century BC and 9 century AD

Katarina Nina Simoncic

Professional review

2018 / Volume 1 / Issue 3-4 / Pages 120-128



The study will focus on the terminology associated with textile production and weaving in Dalmatia between the 2 century BC and the 9 century AD. Terminology originating from different cultures, such as that of the Roman, proto-Slavic or Slavic territories exercised influence on the Dalmatian culture of that period. Rare artefacts will be used to show a timeline for how these elements have been assimilated in Dalmatia. With the arrival of South Slavs who migrated from the Carpathian Mountains in the 5 and 6 century, the tradition of weaving in Dalmatia takes on the most important characteristics. However it will also face a different fate in the following centuries due to its geographic position where elements of Western and Eastern cultures met and coexisted. Some elements continued to exist while others transformed and adjusted according to new influences during the middle Ages. The study will describe the heritage of different cultures in the textile culture of Dalmatia, with focus on terminology used for the threads, the old textile techniques and the textile tools for weaving. Thanks to the treasured traditional culture of handiwork in Dalmatia, this is a part of heritage that remains preserved even today.


Textile, weaving, textile tools, Dalmatia, terminology