Manuscript, Weaving & Spinning

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The essay titled Weaving & Spinning records that many women are returning to this ancient and most honourable occupation of making cloth by hand.

The attributed author Jerome Spencer compares machine made cloth with hand made commenting that: as in all true craft work the hand made article will always have a beauty, sincerity & quality which no mechanical process can impart. Value is divided under scarcity, aesthetic and quality. By weaving and spinning women are able to dress and adorn their homes with a distinctive expression of character.

She finishes with: By the working up of the wool in the home, time now lost would be filled by healthy & interesting occupations, the aesthetic faculty of the race would be revived and stimulated, the money now spent in getting more materials worked up elsewhere, or in the purchase of inferior articles would be saved, and better fabrics for dress and other home uses would result.
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Media/Materials description
Handwritten on paper with blue ink.
Height x Width: 224 x 174mm
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Current rights
Collection of Hawke's Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi
Credit line
from the Spencer Collection
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