This is the first discovery of textiles dating from the era of David and Solomon, and sheds fresh light on the historical fashions of the Holy Land.

“We found simply woven, elaborately decorated fabrics worn by the upper echelon of their stratified society.

Luxury grade fabric adorned the highly skilled, highly respected craftsmen managing the copper furnaces.

The textile used the varying colors of natural animal hair to create black and orange-brown colors for decorative bands.

(Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority) ( ) Scientists have uncovered an extensive fabric collection from the era of Kings David and Solomon in an ancient copper mine located deep in Israel’s Arava Valley.

“No textiles have ever been found at excavation sites like Jerusalem, Meggido and Hazor, so this provides a unique window into an entire aspect of life from which we’ve never had physical evidence before,” Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) Ben-Yosef, who led excavation team, said of the textiles that originated from bags, clothing, tents, ropes and cords.

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