Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Beyond Ainu StudiesChanging Academic and Public Perspectives$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark J. Hudson, Ann-Elise Lewallen, and Mark K. Watson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836979

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836979.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 25 June 2022

The Gender of Cloth

The Gender of Cloth

Ainu Women and Cultural Revitalization

(p.171) 11 The Gender of Cloth
Beyond Ainu Studies

ann-elise lewallen

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter narrates the “quiet revolution” that emerged in private spaces shared between elderwomen and the younger generation. Ainu women in their mid-forties to early seventies began meeting to exchange traditional knowledge, including techniques for gathering medicinal herbs and wild plants, techniques for weaving with natural fibers, embroidery patterns, and song and dance. Older generation women could recall these activities as survival skills, and as ritual and celebratory activities. In mountainous areas across Ainu women, this private sphere knowledge was maintained and transmitted generationally. While Ainu men were pressured to assimilate to Wajin socioeconomic standards, Ainu women were entrusted with preserving cultural practices, such as producing material cultural objects for the domestic sphere.

Keywords:   quiet revolution, Ainu women, Wajin socioeconomic standards, cultural objects, medicinal herbs, embroidery patterns

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.