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Economics: Crafts: Central Asia
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Handicrafts have traditionally reflected the skewed gender relations in Islamic society; men worked mainly for the market, while women worked to satisfy family needs. There were exclusively male handicrafts: ceramics, coining, jewelry, cloth production and tailoring in special workshops, gilding, and wood carving. Women's crafts included luxury textiles: embroidery, carpets, and felt. Women also made inexpensive cotton cloth, ceramic toys, and dishes. But male crafts used women as auxiliary workers in rais…

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Gyul, Elmira, “Economics: Crafts: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0230c>
First published online: 2009

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