This flash is very different from the Museum's previous exhibitions. These showcased much older weaving traditions that have far more complex iconography as well as more significant historical connection. No doubt the discovery this technique was employed more than a 1000 years ago is quite noteworthy but it does not in itself elevate these weavings into similar company with these other traditions. Their limited vocabulary of generic motifs cannot possibly compare to the image rich symbolic iconography these other traditions maintain.

Typical Asyute designs like crosses, X's, trees, concentric boxes or other simple geometric shapes, human stick-figures, dog and horse-like four legged animals, floral bunches, etc. do not need interpretation, they are familiar and known. But Plate Two provides evidence an earlier set of designs did once exist and that they were much more non-secular in character. Several other indications of this have also been identified and while equally speculative they do imply the Asyute tradition may have retained even earlier historical connection than the link to the Coptic shirt-front implies