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Can I ask why you aren't trying to tapestry weave the cuff? It looks like a woolen tapestry cuff later sewn on to an even weave linen. I think a similar effect could be done by doing chain/split stitch, as I am not sure blackwork would work. Both of those stitches were used in Coptic Egypt at that time. I have posted a few other Coptic textiles, in colour that you may be interested in.
Mostly because I don't know how to tapestry weave and while it's on my list, it's far far down... somewhere near woodworking.I agree the cuff is probably woven and then sewn onto the garment. The reference indicates that some of the detail was later embroidered in 3 ply linen thread. I was thinking I'd work some of the details in holbein stitch and if I like it I'll fill in with coloured split stitch.I rather like the way the guy leading the horse has been posed. His hands look like they are reaching out to the viewer. That, and his head reminds me of a preying mantis.