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What is the significance of the woman seeking wool and flax in Proverbs 31?



      

Proverbs 31:1 - 31

ESV - 1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: 2 What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?

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Mini Shanna Duck "Let a search be made in the royal archives..." Ezra 5:17 NIV
I think this verse simply is summarizing that this woman cared diligently for the clothing and textile needs of her family. 

Before modern times, most women spent a considerable amount of time spinning and weaving fabrics.. Even wealthy women might do this.  Spinning was usually done on a crude "drop spindle"  and while herding sheep or walking a girl or woman could be spinning thread. The distaff, also mentioned in these verses, is simply a stick that holds the unspun fiber. The loom used for weaving was also very simple, and just weaving a garment took time. 

The woman would get her fibers, wool and flax (the fiber from which linen fabric is made), either from her own flocks/fields or by purchase, and then process the fiber, spin it, weave it, and then do further processing (bleaching, dying, fulling) as needed.  As fabric was difficult to produce and there were no scissors as we know them today, most clothing was very simply shaped. 

Apparently the woman described here also wove items for sale, indicating that she and her maids were good craftswomen.  Whether the garments her family wears (translated either as "purple" or "double-thick") were made by her or were purchased, we don't know, but they were obviously high quality.

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