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The Role and Status of Women in the Pottery-Making Traditions of the Western Balkans

Date : 2010-11-15 14:09:43

DescriptionThis paper focuses upon the role of women in the various modes of pottery-making recorded in the Western Balkans, particularly the area of the former-Yugoslavia. Traditionally, women potters in this region have been largely confined to domestic production, producing for the household rather than for sale, although a number of exceptions are provided from the ethnographic record. Various suggestions are made to account for this, particularly given the diversity of pottery-making in the region and the existence of female potters in commercial industries elsewhere around the Mediterranean. Whilst no secure conclusions are made, it is noted that women in the study region do indeed participate in commercial pottery-making, by preparing clay, firing and selling; activities which are as integral to the production process as forming, but which can be practiced more flexibly around the domestic responsibilities to which women in rural environments tend to be bound. Key words: Ethnography, Balkan, Pottery, Female NB. A Word document is available to download at the end of the article.

http://www.uwic.ac.uk/icrc/issue010/articles/04.htm

Name of InstitutionThe Role and Status of Women in the Pottery-Making Traditions of the Western Balkans

Author(s) NameKristen Patin

Added/Updated byKristen Patin



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