Brief Description: Mills gradually took over the spinning and weaving jobs done at home. Because of the number of rivers in Maine, water power was plentiful so many mills and mill towns were established. Mills carded, spun yarn and wove fabric. Maine was even involved in the production of silk thread in the mid to late 19th century. Often very young people worked in the mills and the jobs were dangerous. Students will discover what working … view full description & alignments
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Maine’s Fiber Beginnings Background
Activity: Braiding Grasses
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Brief Description: Native Americans in Maine used many types of fibers throughout their history. In this lesson students will discuss the effect of climate and geography on their fiber choices and experience gathering and using tall grasses to braid into useful objects.