Old Socks

Another find from the V&A Museum collection. This pair of socks was excavated in Egypt and is estimated to have been made around 250 to 420 AD – that’s 1590 to 1760 years old! They may be a bit grubby, but otherwise these ‘sandal socks’ seem to be in remarkably good nick.

Although they look knitted, they were actually made using a technique called nålbindning, the slower, one-needle forerunner of today’s knitting.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London