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Family Work in Household Production

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228177.003.0004
Family Work in Household Production

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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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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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