Textile Folklore: Venus was a Spinner

Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin-Off magazine, has posted an interesting little article about the most famous Venus of them all, Venus de Milo. She read about the belief that, although Venus is now missing her arms, originally, she was engaged in spinning. It’s true that in ancient times most women spun to clothe themselves and their families, but in Greek and  Roman mythology, spinning is a metaphor. The Greek goddess Aphrodite, Venus to the Roman’s had the job of spinning the neuma, or clouds, into the life-force. Further information, along with a book reference, can be accessed here.


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