By Elizabeth Wayland Barber
"A interesting heritage of . . . [a craft] that preceded and made attainable civilization itself." ―New York occasions publication Review
New discoveries concerning the fabric arts show women's suddenly influential position in historic societies.
Twenty thousand years in the past, ladies have been making and donning the 1st garments produced from spun fibers. actually, correct as much as the economic Revolution the fiber arts have been an immense financial strength, belonging essentially to women.
regardless of the nice toil required in making textile and garments, so much books on historical heritage and economics haven't any info on them. a lot of this hole effects from the intense perishability of what girls produced, however it turns out transparent that before descriptions of prehistoric and early historical cultures have passed over nearly part the picture.
Elizabeth Wayland Barber has drawn from information accrued by means of the main refined new archaeological methods―methods she herself helped to type. In a "brilliantly unique publication" (Katha Pollitt, Washington submit ebook World), she argues that girls have been a strong monetary strength within the historical global, with their very own undefined: fabric.