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Prehistoric Textiles

 Author: E.J.W. Barber  Category:  Publisher: Princeton University Press  : 1991  ISBN: 0-691-00224-X  Language: English  Tags:Culture | Prehistoric | sewing | Textiles | weaving |
Prehistoric Textiles made an unsurpassed leap in the social and cultural understanding of textiles in humankind’s early history. Cloth making was an industry that consumed more time and effort, and was more culturally significant to prehistoric cultures, than anyone assumed before the book’s publication. The textile industry is in fact older than pottery–and perhaps even older than agriculture and stockbreeding. It probably consumed far more hours of labor per year, in temperate climates, than did pottery and food production put together. And this work was done primarily by women. Up until the Industrial Revolution, and into this century in many peasant societies, women spent every available moment spinning, weaving, and sewing.