• Women’s (Art) Work: Re-Weaving the Textile in Ancient Greece

    Author(s):
    Intaglio Journal (view group) , Brittany Myburgh
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Textile crafts, Greece
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/mdbb-2738
    Abstract:
    In recent years, vases depicting women working with wool have received increased attention. Images of textile production have been linked to the role of women in the oikos, and textile production has been defined as both an economic activity and one that reinforces the ideal of woman as mother and homemaker. This paper presents notes on wool working scenes popular in the period 550 – 450 BC and a brief consideration of how the motifs of the mirror and the juggler might be interpreted within the context of wool work. While weaving itself takes place within the domestic sphere, textile products transgress private and public boundaries. In the context of Ancient Greece, wool work has continuously been highlighted as important in an economic and social context. Given the lack of physical material evidence, representations of women weaving on Ancient Greek vases might instead be examined as metaphors for creation.
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