I skärningspunkten mellan formell reglering och informell praktik: Kvinnliga manufakturidkare i den textila hantverkssektorn 1739-1846

Tidsperiod: 2020-12-01 till 2022-12-31

Projektledare: Cecilia Candréus

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 3 193 000 SEK

The aim of this project is to investigate how women´s opportunities to engage professionally in the textile handicraft sector took shape at the intersection of formal regulation and informal work practice. The investigation will target female entrepreneurs in Stockholm during the period 1739-1846 and study their occupational outset. How did personal circumstances such as craft skill, family relations and finances interact with external factors such as market and legislation?The project is scheduled to run for three years with a single researcher. The investigation bridges three themes; 1. Professional practices in needlework; 2. Wife, widow and daughter– occupational roles within a family business, with a focus on the manufacture of broadcloth; and 3. Skill and economy – viewing men and women in the manufacture of calico print versus oil print. Together these three themes aim to contribute with new perspectives to our understanding of women´s occupational identity and agency in the transition between early modern and modern society.Theoretically the project taps into current research that has formulated new ways of viewing professionalism, putting emphasis on womens strategies for maintaining and developing their business. Combined with a biographical method, a new methodological approach will be formed by using written sources in combination with images and objects, which will be analysed on the basis of the researchers own practical knowledge in textiles.