Egyptian draft spinning



Egyptian draft spinning
The splicing process is usually depicted as a kneeling figure with a triangular block that represents a prepared thread coiled into a large ball. The female figures are probably splicing the flax strands together, forming a rove.

Those spinners working with two spindles at the same time are most likely working with a pre-spliced tread.

The thread is pulled from the bowl and clamped in the left hand; the spindle is rolled on the tight and dropped with the right hand, giving the thread a strong s-twist. In some paintings, the spinners stand on platforms that allow the spindle to drop lower than usual, to spin more thread before having to wind the thread onto the spindle.

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