"Calypso was singing with her beautiful voice as she went to and fro at her loom, weaving with a golden shuttle."

Women’s chores and pastimes in ancient Greece included household tasks such as mending and cleaning clothes, sewing and weaving. Ancient Greek looms were large frames to which vertical threads were attached, with weights at the ends to hold the threads taut. These vertical threads are called the warp. A shuttle was then used to pull horizontal lengths of thread (the weft) through the warp, weaving in and out. This is called a warp-weighted loom. Click here for more information on weaving in mythology.

See an ancient loom depicted on a Greek vase, and learn more about ancient weaving from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.