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1) What are the factors that Barber examined in order to construct her analysis of women's life in early civilization?
2) Does Barber identify the potential problem of her own source, historical source, or her analysis? What are the problems
3) What are the function and artistic, symbolic, or spiritual meaning associated with textile arts?

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1) As you look at what are the factors that Barber examined in order to construct her analysis of women's life in early civilization,
it seems like she examined how prior to the Bronze age, women dominated the fiber arts. She then acknowledges how women's work as weavers and clothing makers not only helped cultures in terms of survival but also impacted and facilitated their economies and technology.

She further examines how women's clothes embodied a symbolic language which allowed women to voice status, ...

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Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber is briefly examined.

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Please utilize at least one of the below books:

1. Sarah B. Pomeroy. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity.
2. Elizabeth Wayland Barber. Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times.
3. Whitney Chadwick . Women, Art, and Society .
4. Susan J. Douglas . Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female With the Mass Media.

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