Role- Preparation of food by the women and girls included the hand-grinding of grain into meal or flour. However, the greatest amount of women's time was used making textiles and clothing. Flax (linen) or wool fibers were combed clean, hand-spun into thread or yarn, dyed if desired, woven into cloth, and sewed by hand into garments or household articles. (Since the home-made looms were quite narrow, all sheets and blankets had to be seamed.) Girls began learning to spin at the age of five or six and were experts at the loom by the time they were married. http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/american-colonial-life2.htm- The woman's responsibility to understand and administer medicines to her family and to have perfect skill in cookery. http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/17century/topic_1/welcome.htm Clothing- Women wore long, full skirts throughout the colonial period. Upper-class men customarily wore knee-length breeches while men of the lower classes frequently wore
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