Atleast once a year my husband brings up the topic of ‘Life after Death’…to be exact my life after his death…and he renews instructions on what I should do. This year, watching his brow furrow and hearing him say , “I worry about you sweetheart…what will you do?”, I thought what will happen to him if I’m gone before him , which is quite possible given that I’m not immortal. So I said, “Let’s talk about how you’ll manage if I died”. He just shrugged and said , “I don’t worry about myself”. That got me thinking on the insignificance of my labor and how it’s easily replaceable..because as this post eloquently says, the labour of women has never been valued and made available free.

Sarah Ditum


I learned to make lace when I was small, solemnly winding my bobbins with white thread then working over the pillow with deepest concentration – twisting and crossing the splints of wood, carefully weighted with scavenged beads, never learning so well that my hands could work without stumbling, but working all the same. I made my first few pieces, slack-tensioned and a little sloppy. My older female relatives and family friends inspected them indulgently but unimpressed. They were Bedfordshire women who had learned the needle arts at school, women who had been educated for domesticity, women who could not believe that I would leave school at 16 unable to knit, sew or make pastry. “I could make this,” my grandma would say, plucking the unhappy hems of my Topshop jumpers. “Didn’t they teach you anything?”

Their lives didn’t stop at what their education had fitted them for, though, because this…

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2 responses to “Lace

  1. Thanks for sharing this article. Indeed men seem to think that our work is ‘nothing’ but believe you me , there are many professional working women who believe that homemakers or housewives do nothing all day long! Besides all women modestly say they’ve done ‘nothing much ‘ when asked what they did that day, taking everything in their stride. We women know we are strong and don’t empty vessels make the most sound? A woman’s work is never done and is often unappreciated or discounted but we all know who really holds up the whole sky don’t we?


    • Women hold up half the sky with their little finger…It’s not a well known fact 🙂

      The lives of home-makers do depend on their financial status though….a very few enjoy a much easier life than working women with maids for cooking/cleaning. But for the remaining majority it’s an unending stream of work.

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