The Tudor Tailor's online shop has now sold the very last copies of the late Hanna Zimmerman’s book Textiel in Context. It reports the discoveries made when the city of Groningen began excavations for two new underground car parks on the site of ‘Alva’s moat’. An unexpected treasure trove of 16th century waste material, including textiles, dated 1577 to 1600 was revealed. It is written in Dutch with only a short English summary. But copies have made their way to TT customers around the world because of the many photographs and diagrams of dress details. It was published as two short print runs of Hanna’s doctoral thesis from 2007. Sadly, there will be no more available when these are gone.
The good news is that The TT has been working with Dorothée Wortelboer on the feasibility of an English translation. It would feature high quality photographs of excavated items which have never been published before (see below).
The information below showcases the sort of detail the English translation will make easily accessible and shows the better quality photographs which will also be included in the book.
There are three single knitted gloves among the Groningen finds documented by Hanna Zimmerman. Here – for the first time in official translation – are details about one of them with an interesting fringe at the cuff:
The new edition ofTextiel in Contextwill focus on section four of Zimmerman’s book which summarises hundreds of textile finds from Groningen. There will be more high quality photographs than in the original too.
Several of the finds feature in The Typical Tudor, where they provide evidence for interesting constructional details and the materials used for clothing in the late 16th century.
The proposed English translation and new edition of the book was very well supported in our recent online poll. Thanks to everyone who participated. More than 465 votes were cast: 464 for the project and just one against. Watch this space for further news on the project’s progress.