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Towel, part

Towel, part

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)
    Perugia (probably, made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen in twill weave with supplementary cotton wefts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This type of textile is usually described in English as a Perugia towel, deriving from tovaglie perugine. Tovaglia can be translated as tablecloth, and tovagliolo as napkin, but their use was in both ecclesiastical and secular contexts. Their functions included altar cloth and sacristy hand towel.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)
Perugia (probably, made)


16th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Linen in twill weave with supplementary cotton wefts

Descriptive line

woven linen, 1500s, Italian; Perugia, bands in blue, with deer and lions


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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