Weave Sample: 2/2 Broken Twill

Broken twill (kreuzkoper) is produced when the twill weave is reversed and broken every two threads.


2/2 broken twill

Weaving Draft


2/2 broken twill draft

When and where can this textile be found?

  • 2/2 broken twill can be found occasionally from the 8th century through the 12th century in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, though it is never common. [1]
  • 6th – 8th century Denmark in linen [4].
  • 8th century Germany [2].
  • 10th century England in wool [5].
  • Mid-late 10th century in England in wool [2].
  • 11th century Finland in wool [3].

[1] The Continental Germans by Lise Bender Jørgensen (in The Cambridge History of Western Textiles)
[2] Textiles, Cordage and Raw Fibre from 16–22 Coppergate by Penelope Walton
[3] Some Finnish Archaeological Twill Weaves from the 11th to the 15th Century by Heini Kirjavainen and Jaana Riikonen (in NESAT IX)
[4] The Textiles from Nørre Sandegård Vest by Ulla Mannering (in NESAT VI)
[5] Late Saxon Textiles from the City of London by Frances Pritchard

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