IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 718: 'The hole craft of silkwork': The Art and Trade of the London Silkwomen

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Soper Lane
Organiser:Elizabeth S. Benns, Soper Lane, Baldock
Moderator/Chair:Debra Bamford, Soper Lane, Ruthin
Paper 718-aThe Connections of Silkwomen in Medieval London
(Language: English)
Machi Sasai, School of Humanities & Sciences, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 718-b'Many goode householdes kept': Estimating the Size of the Craft in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Elizabeth S. Benns, Soper Lane, Baldock
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 718-cThe Art of the Silkwomen
(Language: English)
Gina Barrett, Soper Lane, Leicester
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Painting, Daily Life, Women's Studies

This session, the title of which is taken from a 1482 petition to Parliament, will examine several aspects of the craft of the London silkwomen, using a range of documentary and art sources. The first paper looks at the connections formed by silkwomen and their wide variety of associates as shown in public and private documents. The second estimates the size of the craft when at its height and reflects on the difficulties encountered in this. The third paper discusses the items made by silkwomen and the importance of combining the art and documentary sources when considering their construction.