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Sierra Leone, woman spinning cotton

Woman spinning cotton with a supported bottom-whorl spindle. Pre  1945.

 

 

Sierra Leone, woman spinning cotton 2
The native method of spinning cotton. Text on the backside: "A domestic scene in the village of the interior. Most of the yarn employed by the natives in the manufacture of their native cloth is spun in this way by the women."
Sierra Leone, family spinning cotton

Postcard printed on occasion of the British Empire Exhibition 1924. At the back it reads: “A family engaged in spinning cotton – the most important native industry in Sierra Leone“.

Sierra Leone, women spinning cotton
Although it reads "Weaving Cotton for making Native Cloth, Sierra Leone" on this old postcard there are three women depicted spinning. The spindles are rotated in a small bowl.