The Lacemakers of Narsapur
Indian Housewives Produce for the World Market

Mies, Maria
Publisher:  Zed
Year Published:  1982  
Pages:  192pp   ISBN:  0-86232-032-1
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19702

This book offers a sensitive portrait of women in India and the conditions under which they work at home to produce luxury goods for the Western market. Maria Mies shows how this "cottage" industry is a permanent and ever more prevalent part of the process of primitive capital accumulation. By defining women as 'non-working housewives' a system has been created which makes possible rates of pay far below the levels necessary for the reproduction of the labour force.