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The Valkyries' LoomThe Archaeology of Cloth Production and Female Power in the North Atlantic$
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Michèle Hayeur Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066622

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066622.001.0001

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The Danish Trade Monopoly in the North Atlantic and the Transformation of Women’s Roles in Textile Production

The Danish Trade Monopoly in the North Atlantic and the Transformation of Women’s Roles in Textile Production

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(p.139) 7 The Danish Trade Monopoly in the North Atlantic and the Transformation of Women’s Roles in Textile Production
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The Valkyries' Loom
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Michèle Hayeur Smith

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066622.003.0008

This chapter addresses the effects of the Danish trade monopoly on Iceland and the Faroe Islands (1602–1787) and, in particular, the consequences of Danish administrators’ efforts to phase out the warp weighted loom and introduce flat looms and weaving workshops – leading to the industrialization of textile production, the removal of women from North Atlantic weaving, and transformations in gender roles. Particular attention is paid to the site of Skálholt, the seat of the Icelandic bishopric, and the continued use of homespun cloth, despite technological changes, which is seen as a form of resistence on the part of Icelandic women.

Keywords:   Danish trade monopoly, Warp weighted loom, Weaving workshops, Icelandic bishopric, Skálholt, homespun

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