Women's Work tells the stories of six women and how needlework shaped their lives in the colonies' most important port city. From decidedly domestic origins, their embroideries soon became an economic force that promoted the silk trade and allowed entrepreneurial women to profit from selling supplies, drawing patterns, and teaching young girls interested in this mode of expression. At once a historical overview, group biography, and richly illustrated art book, this publication gives long deserved attention to a unique facet of American visual culture and women's history.
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174 pages. 120 color illustrations
About the Author
Pamela A. Parmal is David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the author of Samplers from A to Z.
Richly decorated, finely crafted, and extraordinarily varied, the textiles featured in this concise, handsome volume demonstrate the artistry and innovation that elevate these functional objects...