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The Silk Weavers of KyotoFamily and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry$
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Tamara Hareven

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228177

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228177.001.0001

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Family Work in Household Production

Family Work in Household Production

(p.69) Chapter 4 Family Work in Household Production
The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Tamara K. Hareven

University of California Press

The prefectural survey showed that in the early 1930s more than half of Nishijin's labor force was engaged in cottage industry. The majority of the remaining chinbata household members who were not weavers were also engaged in occupations related to the Nishijin industry. The chinbata system was the major source of income for the weaving households in all the newly developed districts. The chinbata's relatively small household size persisted over time. Nishijin weavers' economy was a flexible household economy that required continuing revision of family strategies in response to the ups and downs in the industry. The remarkable paradox in the lives of Nishijin weavers was the contrast between the continuity of the craft from one generation to the next on the one hand, and the precariousness and instability of the weavers' work lives and income on the other.

Keywords:   family work, household economy, chinbata, Nishijin, weavers, cottage industry, weaving

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