Jacob’s Journey to Egypt (detail) in Rudolf von Ems’ World Chronicle

Medieval Textiles on the Move

What did medieval people wear, when traveling through rain and sleet? How did they pack their clothes? And how far did the textiles of which their clothes were made travel?

Medieval dress and textiles society medats logoThe aim of MEDATS is to promote education in medieval dress and textiles by the improvement of public knowledge of textile history. Based in Great Britain, the Society hopes to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines, who have an interest in all aspects of medieval dress and textiles.

MEDATS holds a variable number of seminars every year, each with a different theme, where as well as expert speakers there is a variety of displays and demonstrations. In this way MEDATS wants to provide access to expertise, both academic and practical. Members receive a newsletter three times a year, which contains the presentations of the last conference, as well as publication reviews, forthcoming events and other related points of interest. This years (2016) conference focus on medieval textiles on the move.

On the Move. The MEDATS conference and Annual General Meeting 2016
The Art Workers’ Guild, 6, Queen Square London WC1N 3AT
04.06.2016 – from 11am to 5.15 pm.


Welcome: Elizabeth Coatsworth, Chairman of MEDATS

Session I: People on the move

1. ‘ …out of the folds of their garments’: pouches and pockets 1300 to c.1580, Melanie Braun, The School of Historical Dress, London

2. Bishops on the Move – Textiles on Site: The Bishop of Freising’s Visits to His Manors in the Fourteenth Century, Thomas Ertl, Universität Wien.

3. The travelling clothes of Ippolito d’Este and his household, Mary Hollingsworth

Session II: Textiles on the move

4. Textile protecting textile: how to wrap and transport textiles, Eva Trein Nielsen, Copenhagen.

5. Convoys of silk cloths, Christine Meek, Trinity College, Dublin.

6. Turkic Transmission: Sino-Iranian Textile Iconography Along Unofficial Silk Routes, Mariachiara Gasparini, Santa Clara University, California.

Session III: Embroidery and clothing on the move

7. An embroidery stitch that travelled, Alexandra Lester-Makin, The University of Manchester.

8. A Travelling Show: the role of embroidered copes in medieval Church processions, Zoe Boden, University of Glasgow, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Christie’s Education.

9. Three Mortimer inventories on change of ownership and travel Margot Miller, Mortimer History Society.

Discussion and closure.


Jacob’s Journey to Egypt (detail) in Rudolf von Ems’ World Chronicle, about 1400-1410 © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 33, fol. 54