Acadian woman spinning yarn, ca. 1895

Contributed by Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum


This painting, by an unknown artist, is an interpretation of what Acadian woman's clothing may have looked like. It depicts a woman wearing typical workers' clothing including sabots (wooden shoes) and she is spinning yarn with a drop spindle as she walks perhaps to a neighbor's home.

Making adequate clothing for the family required constant effort and while a spinning wheel was more efficient, a drop spindle was portable. Women spun yarn on a drop spindle for knitting or weaving while walking to a neighbor's home and while visiting so as to not waste the time during transit.

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  • Title: Acadian woman spinning yarn, ca. 1895
  • Creation Date: circa 1895
  • Subject Date: circa 1895
  • Location: Houlton, Aroostook County, ME
  • Media: Painting
  • Dimensions: 50 cm x 35 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
109 Main Street, Houlton, ME 04730

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