Women's Work by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

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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.

About Elizabeth Wayland Barber

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Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the author of "Women s Work "and "The Mummies of r mchi". Professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College, she lives in California.
Published April 1, 1994 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 352 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Employing diverse, thorough methodologies and research sources, the author of Prehistoric Textiles (not reviewed) traces the roles of women and cloth through 20,000 years of history.

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