Textile Mythology: Ariadne's thread

Before the birth of Theseus, son of the King of Athens, a war against Minos, King of Crete was lost, forcing the Athenians to sacrifice, every nine years, seven young men and seven young women of noble heritage, to the Minotaure.
Once he was an adult, Theseus decided to put an end to this sacrifice of innocent lives by taking a journey to the inside of the labyrinth where the monster lived. He was half-bull, half-man, born from the union of the wife of Minos, Pasiphaë, and a white bull sent by Poseidon.
On arriving Theseus met Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, who immediately fell in love with the Athenian prince and decided to help him: she did not question his ability to kill the Minotaur, she did however doubt his capacity to find the maze’s exit. It was a maze of extraordinary complexity, created by Daedalus, the Kings architect. With the aim of keeping her love alive, Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of thread to which he attached one end to the entrance and unravelled the rest of it behind him as he went deeper into the maze. In the middle of it he found the Minotaur, he confronted him and killed him and made his way to the exit through Daedalus’ corridors, following the thread given to him by Ariadne.
Now used in common parlance, “Ariadne’s thread” denotes the guiding element which allows one to get out of highly complicated situations.
We find Theseus, Ariadne and their thread of salvation in the works of Homer, Ovid, Sophocles and Euripides, but also in more contemporary literature: André Gide reinterpreted the myth in his Thésée published in 1946.
Master of Cassoni Campana, The Cretan Legend in four compositions (detail Labyrinth), 1500-1525, oil on panel