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Tablet weaving - technology of tablet weaving is exceptional for its patterning possibilities; from simple lines and motifs to letters and complex animal or plant patterns. „Tablet“ (or „card“ in the US) is a plate, through which individual warp threads are threaded. Most often we encounter square tablets with four holes in all corners but there are also tablet with two holes, three-sided, six-sided, octagonal, etc. The most common way of weaving is rotating each tablet by 90° forwards or backwards in various combinations according to particular pattern.
Origins of tablet weaving are not clear; the debate about the method of making the so-called „Rameses girdle“, that was crafted in approximately 1185 BC, is still going on. The reason for small number of archaeological findings is the organic origin of yarn, but also of tablets themselves (wood, leather); however, tablets made of bones, ivory or bronze were preserved. The easiest item to use today for a tablet is a piece of sturdy paper, such as a playing card.

More findings were preserved from an area of the Roman Empire, the Celtic civilization (patterns from Hochdorf), the Vikings (patterns from Birka) and Slavic civilization. The oldest tablets (the 9th century) in the Czech Republic were found in Staré Město near Uherské Hradiště.

Outside of Europe, this technique was used in Africa and primarily throughout Asia. Tablet woven belts served mainly as decoration of garments, however, these items possess great strength and resistance and were also used as straps, belts, etc. The card could also be hung on sides of a standard loom for production of textiles that came out already decorated (cloak found in Thorsbjerg). Weavers in history used easily colored wool, sometimes with silk, gold or silver threads; less often linen threads; while cotton was added later in history.

Viking Tablet Weaving

About me - Anna Kadlečková

After I gave up my studies of archaeology in Prague and decided to keep this field just as a hobby, after a few months' detour to Middle Ages, I started to focused on the Celtic civilization. With several living history associations, I participated at dozens of events in the Czech Republic as well as in Europe. I became particularly interested in tablet weaving and I have been creating products this way for many years now. Recently I started upgrading my knowledge and started making costumes of the early Middle Ages (the Slavs). My future plans include agricultural experiments, natural dyeing of wool and using a vertical loom.

Viking Tablet Weaving

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SNAKE TABLET WOVEN BAND, 590 cm

Catalog number: DTB40

Your Price: 115.00 €

Limited Qty: 1 x in stock

   

Tablet woven band. Suitable as a belt or a decoration.

  • Material 100% wool
  • Length 590 cm

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TABLET WOVEN BAND, 300 cm, blue-grey colours

Catalog number: DTB39

Your Price: 55.00 €

   

Tablet woven band. Suitable as a belt or a decoration.

  • Material 100% wool
  • Length 300 cm

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TABLET WOVEN BAND, 300 cm

Catalog number: DTB37

Your Price: 55.00 €

Limited Qty: 1 x in stock

   

Tablet woven band. Suitable as a belt or a decoration.

  • Material 100% wool
  • Length 300 cm

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TABLET WOVEN BAND, 450 cm

Catalog number: DTB36

Your Price: 65.00 €

Limited Qty: 1 x in stock

   

Tablet woven band. Suitable as a belt or a decoration.

  • Material 100% wool
  • Length 450 cm

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Blue Tablet Woven Belt, 430 cm

Catalog number: DTB18

Your Price: 85.00 €

   

Tablet Woven Belt. Width 2.5-3 cm. Lenght 4.30 m. 100% wool.

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HEDDLE BELT - Tablet Woven strap VI

Catalog number: DTB10

Your Price: 16.50 €

   

Heddle belt is approx. 2 cm wide. Price is for one meter. For more meters please put more pieces of heddle belt into your shopping cart and you will receive from us one belt of required length. Colors can be different.

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HEDDLE BELT - Tablet Woven strap VIII, 1 meter

Catalog number: DTB24

Your Price: 25.00 €

   

Handmade tabletwoven belt (100% wool) – for costumes decorations, belts, straps etc. Approximately 2.5 cm wide. Price is for 1 meter; if you wish to have longer belt please put as many items into cart as many metres do you need. We do not guarantee colors in these photos but colors can also be different according to your preferences (upon availability of the material).

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SLAVIC Wool Tablet Weaving, Belt 3,2 x 180 cm

Catalog number: DTB35

Your Price: 69.00 €

   

SLAVIC Tablet Weaving Belt.

  • Size 3,2 x 180 cm

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SLAVIC Wool Tablet Weaving, Belt 2,8 x 190 cm

Catalog number: DTB33

Your Price: 45.00 €

   

SLAVIC Tablet Weaving Belt.

  • Size 2,8 x 190 cm

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Blue Tablet Woven Belt, green,yellow XX, 1 m

Catalog number: DTB31

Your Price: 16.50 €

   

Hand made woolen heddle belt, fishbone design. Heddle belts were used for decorations of clothes, belts or to tie up shoe belts and hair. This heddle belt is 2cm wide, price is for 1 meter.
If you wish to have more meters in one piece, put more pcs into your shopping basket.

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SLAVIC or VIKING Tablet Woven Belt 200 cm

Catalog number: DTB19

Your Price: 55.00 €

   

Tablet Woven Belt. Width 2.5 cm. Lenght 2 m. 100% wool. 

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Slavic / Viking Wool Tablet Weaving, Belt 4,3 x 185 cm

Catalog number: DTB34

Your Price: 49.00 €

   

Slavic / Viking Tablet Weaving Belt.

  • Size 4,3 x 185 cm

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SVERIGE - heddle belt - Tablet Woven strap IX, 1 meter

Catalog number: DTB27

Your Price: 19.00 €

   

Handmade tabletwoven belt (100% wool) – for costumes decorations, belts, straps etc. Approximately 2.5 cm wide. Price is for 1 meter; if you wish to have longer belt please put as many items into cart as many metres do you need. We do not guarantee colors in these photos but colors can also be different according to your preferences (upon availability of the material).

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Dark Age Tablet Woven Belt 235 cm

Catalog number: DTB20

Your Price: 59.00 €

   

Tablet Woven Belt red-white-brown. Width 2.5 cm. Lenght 2.35 m. 100% wool.

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Green-Blue Tablet Woven Belt, 400 cm

Catalog number: DTB21

Your Price: 98.00 €

   

Tablet Woven Belt. Width 4 cm. Length 400 cm. 100% wool.

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Blue Tablet Woven Belt, Birka XI, 1 m

Catalog number: DTB32

Your Price: 26.00 €

   

Hand made woolen heddle belt containing heddle belt fragment from Birka (Sweden,9-10 cent) findings. Heddle belts were used for decorations of clothes, belts or to tie up shoe belts and hair.
This heddle belt is 2cm wide, price is for 1 meter. If you wish to have more meters in one piece, put more pcs into your shopping basket.

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Viking or Slavic Tablet Woven Belt, Blue and White 3 cm x 600 cm

Catalog number: DTB12

Your Price: 130.00 €

   

6 m long woven trim for costume decoration. Size: 3 cm x 600 cm.

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Viking or Slavic Tablet Woven Belt, White Arrows

Catalog number: DTB17

Your Price: 40.00 €

   

Size: 3 cm x 250 cm.

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