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Egypt and Sudan
North Africa


Egypt, woman spinning flax

Sudan, children spinning cotton

Two images from the book `Methods of Hand Spinning in Egypt and the Sudan´ by Grace M. Crowfoot.
Left: Egyptian woman spinning flax. She draws the yarn through her mouth to keep it moist.
Right: Sudanese children spinning cotton. The spindle is brought to speed by rolling up the thigh and then revolves freely.

Grace M. Crowfoot, Methods of Hand Spinning in Egypt and the Sudan. County Borough of Halifax Bankfield Museum Notes, Second Series - No. 12 (Halifax 1931).   (31.05.2016)

Egypt, old man spinning
Old man spinning. The whorl of the top-whorl-spindle is a single cross bar or arm.
Egypt, Fellah spinning
Fellah spinning.

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