“The reasons for weaving are as various as the needs, gratifications and abilities of the weavers, but I believe they boil down to this: essentially we weave because we like to do it, and in a secondary way, because we like to have our own beautiful textiles, made with our own hands, for the greater comfort and seemliness of our lives. We like to throw the shuttle; we like to beat with the batten; we enjoy combining colors and textures and decorative figures to make a brave new fabric that will be a pleasure to the eye and that will serve a practical need–the “fulfillment of demand” if you like. Doing these things gives us the pleasure of creating,–the artist’s pleasure, the good craftsman’s pleasure.
Why we enjoy these things is a different question. Weaving is a very ancient art and goes back to the dawn of human life on earth. It is built into the human nervous system; it is an urge in our brains and our fingers. To give it expression brings us keen pleasure, and also an “escape” from the distresses or the hum-drum detail of our daily lives. And the value of this escape in hard and cruel times like the present can hardly be overestimated.”
—Mary M. Atwater, “The Weaver”,
July-Aug, 1941, vol. VI #3, p. 13