Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

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Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

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12wonderY
gen. 31, 2020, 2:47pm

Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber

I'm listening to the audio, but I may need to find a print copy.

Barber posits that string may be "the unseen weapon that allowed the human race to conquer the earth."

It's presence is inferred in the paleolithic period with the presence of needles and beads, and a bone sculpture that is engraved showing the twists of individual threads in her garment and a fringe.

String so powerfully assists in carrying and in catching foods like fish.

She labels it "the String Revolution."

2lilithcat
gen. 31, 2020, 3:19pm

I read that quite a while ago and thought it was very interesting. I liked her interdisciplinary approach to the subject, and it definitely made me think!

3Nicole_VanK
feb. 1, 2020, 5:15am

I definitely should look into this one. (I've read her "The mummies of Ürümchi" and that was excellent)