Womens Work: The First 20000 Years Women Cloth And Society In Early Times

September 5, 1995|
Womens Work: The First 20000 Years Women Cloth And Society In Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
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"A fascinating history of…[a craft] that preceded and made possible civilization itself." —New York Times Book Review

New discoveries about the textile arts reveal women's unexpectedly influential role in ancient societies.

Twenty thousand years ago, women were making and wearing the first clothing created from spun fibers. In fact, right up to the Industrial Revolution the fiber arts were an enormous economic force, belonging primarily to women.

Despite the great toil required in making cloth and clothing, most books on ancient history and economics have no information on them. Much of this gap results from the extreme perishability of what women produced, but it seems clear that until now descriptions of prehistoric and early historic cultures have omitted virtually half the picture.

Elizabeth Wayland Barber has drawn from data gathered by the most sophisticated new archaeological methods—methods she herself helped to fashion. In a "brilliantly original book" (Katha Pollitt, Washington Post Book World), she argues that women were a powerful economic force in the ancient world, with their own industry: fabric.
Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the author of Women’s Work, The Dancing Goddesses, and The Mummies of Ürümchi. Professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College, she lives in California.
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Title:Womens Work: The First 20000 Years Women Cloth And Society In Early TimesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.24 X 5.47 X 0.8 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 8.24 X 5.47 X 0.8 inPublished:September 5, 1995Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393313484

ISBN - 13:9780393313482

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