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Economics: Crafts: Caucasus
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In the Caucasus, women artisans are primary transmitters and producers of vibrant craft traditions that transcend ethnic and regional boundaries. Craft objects serve both domestic and trade uses and have utilitarian, cultural, and religious values. Carpet weaving is one of the most common crafts in the Caucasus; designs are not attributed to one artist but to an entire region. Patterns and weaving techniques are taught by and to close female relatives. Strikingly, though different religious grou…

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Chinn, Sonia, “Economics: Crafts: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0230b>
First published online: 2009



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