The evidence for textiles is both indirect, through technological apparatuses for weaving such as spindle whorls and loom weights and through artistic representation of dress, and increasingly direct, through the exceptional survival of the textiles themselves. The most spectacular finds of actual textiles are recent, aided by improved recognition and conservation techniques. Some of the most outstanding finds are known from Sasso di Furbara and Verucchio and even more recently at Casale Marittimo. These finds demonstrate the high technical precision of Etruscan weaving, with varied weights and designs, and the great aesthetic quality of the many shades that indirect artistic representation can only hint at. Most textile survivals are, however, very fragmentary and it is difficult to achieve an overall synthesis.

Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans. .

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