For those unfamiliar with the weaving process, this “woof” has
nothing to do with a dog’s bark. “Woof” and “warp” are terms used to describe
the threads or yarns a weaver draws—the woof horizontally, the warp
vertically—to make cloth. Arachne’s woof, it might be said, was both her
strength and her undoing. She pushed the boundaries of her medium, elevating
woven tapestry from craft—merely women’s work—into dangerous art. Even in the face
of Minerva’s wrath, she refused to apologize for her talent.