- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton; 1st edition (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393313484
- ISBN-13: 978-0393313482
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Elizabeth Barber is as knowing and perceptive as any archaeologist-author in sight…Her topic is wonderfully fresh.”
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About the Author
Elizabeth Wayland Barber is the author of Women’s Work and The Mummies of Ürümchi. Professor emerita of archaeology and linguistics at Occidental College, she lives in California.
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I snuggled up to this book and was unprepared for the scope of the book, as well as the temporal and geographic romp I would be carried into. The romp starts 30,000+ years ago.
I am easily bored, and this book was so gripping I made it half way through on the first sitting. Barber manages to weave together the disciplines of Archeology, Anthropology, History and Literature into a cohesive core that does answer the question. The scope of this book is amazing.
I highly recommend this book!
Drawing on her own knowledge of and experience with weaving, she sets the work of medieval and early modern women into the history and culture of their times.
Readable, accessible, and fascinating: I'm delighted to have run across this book, and recommend it to those interested in the often untold story of the contributions of "women's work" to the economy of their communities.
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I make fiber art and always inspired by the women's craft works in past time.Read more