Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Egypt
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
Repository and Online Resources: • These socks are in the Victoria and Albert Museum (2085&A-1900). • Watch a video on nålebinding and the collection of socks from late Roman Egypt at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons
Tags: Artistic production, Clothing and adornment, North African, Late Antique, Mediterranean, Domestic