Early spun thread

Venus of Lespugue is a nude statue carved of mammoth ivory and depicted wearing a skirt hanging from below her hips. It is approximately 27,000 years old. It was found in the foothills of the Pyrenees (the mountains between France and Spain). The carving was discovered in the Rideaux cave of Lespugue.

The statues skirt is the earliest representation of  spun fibers. It is only 5.75 inches tall.  The Venus  represents the Earth and it’s fertility and the continuation of life. 90 + % of the human images from this time period to about 5,000 BCE are female. Women were recognized as the life-givers and sustainers and they were revered as priestesses. 

I am a bit puzzled as I don’t see a carved skirt. Maybe someone can help me out here. Possibly you need to see this figure up close. My research said “carved” and not a literal cloth skirt.

Spinning and weaving have a history that up until the Industrial Revolution was the most time consuming single job.

Knitting Examiner


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