Types of distaff



Types of distaff
Left: cone distaff, center: board distaff, right: Russian distaff.

A distaff is a a stick or spindle onto which wool or flax is wound for spinning. It is designed to hold the unspun fibers, keeping them untangled and thus easing the spinning process.

The act of wrapping fibers around the distaff is called dressing.

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