Women's Work

Women's Work

The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

Book - 1994
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2500 years ago, the women of Athens slaved at home, virtual prisoners of their husbands, expected to provide the cloth and clothing for their family. 4000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, there was a very different picture: respectable women were in business, weaving textiles at home to be sold abroad for gold and silver. Going back even further, 20,000 years ago women began making and wearing the first clothing created from spun fibres. Indeed, for over 20,000 years, until the Industrial Revolution, the arts of weaving belonged primarily to women and were the principal vehicle for demonstrating their various roles as mother, provider, worker, entrepreneur and artist.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1994.
ISBN: 9780393035063
Branch Call Number: 305.4/BARB
Characteristics: 334 p. 24 cm.


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Aug 17, 2017

I laughed out loud at the title! This book takes you back to our cave-man/woman past, the very beginning of string, fibre and clothing. It was recommended to me by an artist who weaves cedar bark.

Mar 31, 2016

Now, this isn't for the novice in fibre history, or the casual reader. You have to be strongly interested in the subject matter, but if you are, this is fascinating reading.


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