10.                                                           THE TUNIC

 

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Besides being the result of a labour-consuming effort, the tunic is also a product of dexterous craftsmanship. It required skills: regarding the overall designer's vision, the cut, and the sewing. The maker (no matter whether the same person as the user) did not improvise. In order to reach the point of making the item, he/she went through a role-dependent socialization linked with a well-established tradition. Similarly, the Bulgarian maidens of two centuries ago used to skillfully craft the multiple and varied items of their elaborate dowry.

Todor Dimov:
"restored tunic made of spondylus beads" 

To make the tunic, there had to be people with training: 

- for collecting and processing the beads; 

- for making the threads (to string together the beads);  

- for weaving the cloth onto which the network of beads was attached;  

- for making the needles to thread the beads; 

- for making the scissors to cut the cloth. 

It could also be assumed there were regular trade relations between Lake Town and other settlements, as well as certain occupations (or a developed system of household labour skills) which met the needs of other communities too.

These conclusions have been supported by other finds as well.

 

Last update made on 03-11-2007


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