Nålebound socks

Date: 250–420
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Egypt
Medium: Wool
Dimensions: 25.5 cm in height and 18 cm in length
Description: These socks were excavated from the burial grounds of ancient Oxyrhynchus, a Greek colony on the Nile in central Egypt. They were made with a single-needle technique called nalbinding or nålebinding (from the Danish for "binding with a needle"), which predates knitting. The oldest examples of nålebinding come from the Coptic Christians of Egypt (fourth century CE). Socks with a divided-toe design allowed them to be worn with sandals.
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 2
Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons; Linda Safran

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Victoria and Albert Museum, Nålebound socks