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spinning things

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Tommye M. Scanlin (tscanlin.edu)
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 17:19:44 EDT

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Hello all,
One of the things that spins is a spindle for spinning yarn. The
spinning of fibers to create yarns is an ancient task, one even
called "the eternal task" by the Roman, Catullus. This quote is from
Bette Hochberg's book, _Handspindles_. She says: "Spinning is not
only a part of civilization, but a pre-requisite to it....In such
eternal tasks--or archetypal activities--we find the catalyst which
unites mind and matter." Hochberg also mentions, in another book,
_Spin, Span, Spun: Facts and Folklore for Spinners and Weavers_,
that an ivory figure of a woman found in France and carbon dated to
25,000 BC shows a loin cloth made of twisted strands. "...if it was
twisted fibres, it was probably done by hand twisting or thigh
spinning, since the earliest know spindles are from the later
Neolithic Age."

Tommye Scanlin
Dahlonega, GA

Tommye M. Scanlin


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