University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: John Bouza Koster

From Spindle to Loom

Weaving in the Southern Argolid

By: John Bouza Koster

In almost every Greek village black and white kerchiefed women cluster at midday in the cool shade of the stone walls. Like Odys­seus’ Penelope, their nimble fingers spin puffy balls of wool into yarn. Despite the increasing popularity of “modern” manufactured goods, the spindle and distaff remain the constant companions of most village women over […]