Tablet Weaving by Lise Ræder Knudsen
Technique > Reconstructions > Hochdorf


At the location Hochdorf in Southern Germany a very rich celtic chieftains grave was found. The dating is about 475 AD. In the grave many different textile fragments were found and among them several tablet weavings woven in complicated patterns.
The items found are kept at the museum Alte Schloss in Stuttgart. At the site Hochdorf a museum was buildt telling the story of this great find and many reconstructions were made to make the story living. Dr. Johanna Banck-Burgess analysed the textiles and wrote her disertation on the research of the preserved textiles(Johanna Banck-Burgess: Hochdorf IV. Stuttgart 1999). Reconstructions of most of the textiles: Weaver Anna Nørgaard. Analysis and reconstruction of some of the complicated tablet weavings: Lise Ræder Knudsen (A few pages in Johannas book deschribe the reconstruction of the broad band found on the cauldron).

The finished band measuring about 1,20 m before the mounting on a twill fabric. The tecnique is a combination of 3/1 double faced broken twill and ordinary double weave. The width of the band was about 6 cm (98 tablets)and the yarn very fine. After the reconstruction was finished another fragment of the tablet woven border was found and it revealed, that the band was somewhat broader having one edge of warp twined dark threads of different turning direction.


Broad Band on the cauldron (Photo and twill fabric Anna Nørgaard).


Edging of the wall hangings