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Mountain Homespun Frances Louisa Goodrich

Mountain Homespun

Frances Louisa Goodrich

Published January 1st 1990
ISBN : 9780870496202
Hardcover
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Mountain Homespunprovides information about the processes and the meaning of traditional mountain crafts that is not to be found anywhere else. Goodrich touches on basketry, quilting, and other crafts, but her focus is on weaving, spinning, andMoreMountain Homespunprovides information about the processes and the meaning of traditional mountain crafts that is not to be found anywhere else. Goodrich touches on basketry, quilting, and other crafts, but her focus is on weaving, spinning, and dyeing. Of particular interest is her information about how to read weaving drafts--recipes for the spreads--with their marks that tell the weaver how to thread the loom and in which order to tramp the pedals.As Jan Davidsons introduction shows, Goodrichs work was not initally intended to preserve mountain crafts, but to use them for social and economic purposes as part of a campaign to uplift the mountain people. Hers was a cultural intervention of massive proportions that changed the methods of production, the materials, the tools, the moties of the workers, and, eventually, who was doing the work. The story told in Mountain Homespunsheds light on what happens when urban intellectuals intervene in the folk process--and what the intervention does to the folk and the objects they make.