al-Hiba: Spindle Makers

Date: 1960s

Spindles are often made of reeds. Usually reed sticks are split down the middle for both the shaft and whorl. A hole is made in the whorl so it can be forced over the shaft, and once they both dry the parts become nearly immovable. Other materials that can be used for the whorl include potsherds, old toy wheels, and sculpted mud. See also: Weaver; Yarn Spinner; Woven Spinner and Knitter; Wool Weaver; Spinners; Loom Maker.

Citation: Ochsenschlager, Edward. Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2004), pp. 142, 217.