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Overseer of the Weavers (ancient Egyptian: ỉmy-r mrw) was an ancient Egyptian occupational title held by high officials in charge of the cloth production of a specific palace or temple domain, by supervising the weavers. The weaving industries in these domains usually produced the highest quality linen clothing in the country, which was only affordable by nobility and royalty.

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During the Old Kingdom, there are instances of women holding the title "Overseer of the Weavers" or "Overseer of the House of Weavers". Since women did not supervise men, it suggests that the weavers were female, which is supported by that fact that the Old Kingdom hieroglyphic word for weaver uses a female figure.[1]


  1. Robins 1993, p. 119.


  • Robins, G., 1993: Women in Ancient Egypt. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

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