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Sunday, April 18 • 11:00 - 11:50
With a Twist - Medieval Spinning with Hand-Spindle and Distaff

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Did you ever wonder about how textiles were made before the industrial age? It all starts with spinning - turning fibers into yarn. Spinning with handspindles was the most common method of doing this for most of human history, including the Middle Ages.

In this presentation, you'll see how medieval spindles looked like, and how they can be used, together with a distaff, to turn fluffy stuff into solid, sturdy yarn. It's a fascinating technique that also involves a distaff, which is the fancy term for "stick to put your fluffy stuff on."

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Katrin Kania

pallia - Mittelalter hautnah
Medieval textile archaeologist, specialised in reconstruction of historical textile techniques and historical (medieval) garments. I also teach these crafts, and sell tools and materials for them.

Sunday April 18, 2021 11:00 - 11:50 UTC