Virtuous Spinners

Wooden spindle whorl. Tebtunis, Egypt, circa 27 BC-395 BCE. 6-20393.

The wooden spindle whorl was found in Tebtunis, a thriving town in Roman Egypt. Women in the ancient world were responsible for producing the clothes and other household items for the entire family, such as curtains, tablecloths, mantles, pillows, tapestries. Women busied themselves with spinning for long stretches of their days. Hence, a spinning (working) woman was a virtuous one.

-Bella An

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