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Weaver

Fabric weaving was the primary woman’s occupation and it usually took place within the household. The loom was a standard for almost all households and girls under the guidance of their mothers or grandmothers wove all kinds of everyday fabric items, such as underwear, pillows, pillow cases, bed spreads, blankets, sheets, even their own dowry linen. The raw material going into weaving was sheep’s wool, locally grown cotton, flax, even silk cultivated on the island as late as the end of the 19th century. Spinning the yarn and fibers, carding and all loom work required a lot of work hours. For this reason almost all peasant women dealt with fiber spinning and textile making in the spring and the summer, when there was no work in olive picking and oil production in the fields. Traditional weaving still survives in some Lesvian villages, such as the peasant communities of Agiasos, Asomatos, Pigi, Lafiona, Agra, etc.