chapter  3
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Production of Handcrafts in Nohia

This chapter concentrates on female involvement in the production of craft objects1 in Nohia. The women who make a living from this activity regard themselves as skilled handcraft producers and refer to themselves as koukoulia (meaning cocoon) producers.2 It begins with a brief discussion of some debates on the position of women in Greece and the Mediterranean which have been developed in the ethnographic literature. This is followed by a section on the development of the occupation and a description of the production process, which gives the reader an idea of the skill and labour involved. Then, discussing the marketing of the end product, the relationship between the craft producers and the traders is analysed.