<p>A woman in the <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-womens-history-3990649" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">American colonial</a> era spins while reading a book. A family in the 1700s produced its own yarn, which was then woven into cloth to make the family&#39;s clothing. An experienced spinner would know the feel and rhythm of spinning, and be able to read a book while still spinning the yarn.</p><p>This woman was probably taught to read at home or for a few years in a school, as there was no advanced education for women in that era. Even a home which could afford books and to teach a daughter to read, would have required the labor of women to spin yarn as part of the home production of necessities.</p><p>A reader points out that the woman is spinning flax to make linen, and that the spinning wheel is likely what was called a &#34;parlor wheel,&#34; designed for use in smaller spaces.</p>This reenactment of a woman working at a weaving loom recreates a common activity in a colonial American home: making cloth from which to make the family&#39;s clothing. The reconstructed weaving loom used yarn which was likely spun at home, too. Woman&#39;s work in making these necessities for a family&#39;s life was a key part of the economic unit of the family.