This robe was made in honour of her and all the other women that fought for the right to help direct and govern their communities.
Justa’s life has echoes of two archetypal narratives. As with so many women, she was a weaver of cloth, fates, and of lives.. Weaving and being, entwined. She was fundamental in helping weave together a new narrative for women and for her community.
16 women, 8 from each of the warring Pisan and Elean cultures wove a robe for Hera (the Greek goddess of women, marriage and childbirth) and negotiated between them the terms of peace and cooperation. This collaborative work was then repeated every four years to cement their agreements.
Athena (the Greek goddess of wisdom and war) challenged Arachne (a mortal weaver) to a weaving contest. Athena created scenes in which the gods punished those humans that considered themselves equal to gods and committed hubris. Arachne created scenes in which gods abused humans. In anger Athena transformed Arachne into a spider, condemning her to weave for eternity.