The European Textile Forum 2018 will take place from November 5 to November 11, at the Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology in Mayen, Germany. The Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology is the experimental archaeology research center of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM)..

Our focus topic this year will be "Aspects of Weaving and Braiding - tools, techniques, processes, finishes". Woven cloth is the basis for most clothes and furnishings, and woven fabrics come in an incredible amount of variations. From the simplest plain weave to the most complex patterned fabrics with several warps and wefts, weaving itself is also a wide and complex topic. Braiding, just like weaving, can take on different forms and range from very simple plain-weave analogies to complex patterned and multi-person braids; braiding tools can be just the hands or massive braiding stands. In some occasions, weaving and braiding can even be combined, such as in tablet weaves when tablets swap places, or in twined weaves.

For this year's Forum, we invite you to join us and discuss weaving and braiding and their many aspects. Whether you would like to talk about different loom types and their usage, how complex patterns were derived and woven or braided in historical times, how different materials will influence a weave, howe to reconstruct possible braiding techniques for a given piece, or the difficulties of replicating a given fabric - all aspects are welcome.

You can read the full Call for Papers here; please feel free to pass it on to anybody you think might be interested. You can register for the Forum 2018 here.

Thank you to everybody who has already filled out our survey to help us make the conference even better in the future. We're happy that our main ideas, such as having a focus topic and combining theoretical and practical parts, are also valued by you! As for the preferred date, current surveys indicate that October would be slightly better than November. We will try to take this into account for the years to come.
If you have not taken the survey yet, it is still open and your input is very much appreciated. Click here to fill out the survey - thank you!

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