“We often underestimate how important handwork was in China’s pre-industrial economy,” she told HuffPost. “The intense pressure on women to work with their hands, to spin, weave, sew, and stitch cloth, bedding and textile products for their families and for sale has gone unrecognized.” …“It’s very rare to find people who notice the role of handwork in the lives of foot-bound women or who ask these elderly women what work they did when they were young girls.”
I’d never heard this before, but it doesn’t surprise me. I once had a woman painter argue with me that her work was art, while mine was only craft. There are lots of tapestries in museums, but it doesn’t seem to sway conventional wisdom, probably because China isn’t alone in grossly devaluing women’s art.
I have to believe that at some point the last will be first, and the first will be last.