spindle (textileworking: yarn preparation & felting)

A wire spindle, 'umtshini woboya', for making woollen or mohair thread. A certain amount of wool is rolled between the palms, then wound onto the cruciform spindle when long enough to pass through the eye of the fifth arm. Then further thread is added to the end of the first thread, the spinning of the spindle involves twisting the thread as it is rolled between the palms.

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