Autor: K. Żebrowska

Agata Ulanowska, PhD

is a senior lecturer at the Department of Aegean Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. Since 2011 she has been teaching Bronze Age weaving techniques in the Mediterranean, using experimental archaeology both as an educational and research tool. She has set up a textile atelier at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw with a set of looms and copies of Bronze Age Aegean loom weights. She also co-organizes workshops and presentations popularizing Aegean textile production and weaving.

Research interests: Bronze Age Aegean textile production, experimental archaeology, Minoan archaeology

 

1/10/2015 - 30/09/2017: FUGA post-doctoral internship of The National Science Centre in Poland to the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Centre for Research on Ancient Technologies in Łódź.

Project: 'Textile production in Bronze Age Greece - comparative studies of Aegean weaving techniques'

 

e-mail: agatula@uw.edu.pl

profile: https://pan-pl.academia.edu/AgataUlanowska

project:  Textile production in Bronze Age Greece - comparative studies of the Aegean weaving techniques


Conferences and workshops

Call for Papers. DYNAMICS AND ORGANISATION OF TEXTILE PRODUCTION IN PAST SOCIETIES IN EUROPE AND THE MEDITERRANEAN, Łódź, 21-22 June, 2017


Preliminary programme


Autor: A. Ulanowska

“Aegean Bronze Age Textile Techniques – Spinning and Weaving. 3rd Experimental Archaeology Workshop in Warsaw”, 13-17 June, 2016, announcement


"Aegean Bronze Age Textile Production Techniques - Spinning and Weaving", 2nd Experimental Archaeology Workshop in Warsaw, 15-19 June 2015, short report


"Aegean Bronze Age Textile Production Techniques - Spinning and Weaving", 2nd Experimental Archaeology Workshop in Warsaw, 15-19 June 2015, programme


Siennicka M., Ulanowska A., Rahmstorf L. 2015, Textiles in a social context. Textile production in Europe and the Mediterranean in the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE (Session report), TEA 43, 41-44


AEGEAN BRONZE AGE TEXTILE PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES - SPINNING AND WEAVING. 1ST EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP IN WARSAW, READ MORE…


DOCUMENTATION CARDS TO DOWNLOAD:


BAND WOVEN ON A LOOM WITH A RIGID HEDDLE


BAND WOVEN ON A LOOM WITH A RIGID HEDDLE - WARP FLOATING TECHNIQUE


BAND WOVEN ON TABLETS


TEXTILE WOVEN ON A WARP-WEIGHTED LOOM


Guide to twill weaves


Autor: A. Ulanowska


 

Aegean Bronze Age weaving techniques and experimental archaeology

in the Department of Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology

 

Studies of the Bronze Age Aegean weaving techniques are one of the research projects carried out in the Department of Aegean Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. In those studies experimental archaeology is applied as a valuable research tool as well as a teaching method.

One of the main aim of performed tests is to understand and describe weaving as a chain of consecutive activities of different difficulty, attention- and time-consumption level. The experimenters are mostly students attending  teaching courses about textile production and technology in Bronze Age Greece. The tests are designed to meet two different needs:

1/ experimenters learn by practice textile terminology and the basic know-how of weaving on different kinds of looms which were known/might have been known in the Aegean Bronze Age;

2/ experimenters observe and document weaving process, woven textiles and their subjective feelings associated with weaving, using a system of documentation cards.

The performers gain the so-called “kinaesthetic” or “body” knowledge of weaving (otherwise inaccessible) which is entirely different from the academic knowledge obtained by reading and lectures. The skill they acquired helps them to adopt the perspective of a craftsmen from the past in their perception of ancient textile production.

A small textile workshop has been setup in the Department of Aegean Archaeology. There are two warp-weighted looms of Scandinavian type, several sets of looms with a rigid heddles, tablets and weaving frames. We use sets of loom weights weighting from 120 g to 600 g, which are copies of the Aegean Bronze Age artefacts replicated by students. In addition to weaving students practice plaiting, chosen carpet-weaving techniques, bead-working and sprang.

Since social aspects of weaving are of a great importance, students are encouraged to act in common and share the work – if possible. The cooperation, friendly atmosphere, talks and jokes are inseparable parts of our experiments!


POLISH-ENGLISH-GREEK-ITALIAN GLOSSARY OF TEXTILE TERMINOLOGY

I am proud to present our first Polish-English-Greek-Italian glossary of the textile terminology. Since the textile terminology is so difficult (in Polish especially) and mostly forgotten nowadays, we have got the idea of creating a concise glossary comparing terms in four languages. The authors: Kinga Kopańska, Tomasz Skocki, Agata Ulanowska, Monika Wesołowska, Katarzyna Żebrowska do invite everybody to add and to correct the glossary!

Special thanks for Sofia Tsourinaki for her very helpful and learnd revising the Greek terminology!


POLISH-ENGLISH-GREEK-ITALIAN GLOSSARY OF THE TEXTILE TERMINOLOGY


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