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Spinning And Weaving

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An extended family might not own any land for growing rice but it would always own land for growing cotton, otherwise the family members might not have any clothes to wear. Rich or poor, every family owned a plot of cotton-growing land. The practice of buying and selling paddy fields arrived early in Xiangye, but cotton fields were never bought or sold. They belonged to the women and everything related to cotton was the domain of the women. The men had nothing to do with growing cotton or making clothes. Spinning and weaving were entirely the work of the women. In autumn and winter, only the men experienced a 'slack' season. The women enjoyed no such luxury. They worked full-time 365 days a year.

Keywords: cotton fields; spinning; weaving; Xiangye



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