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TO SPIN A YARN: DISTAFFS -- FOLK ART & MATERIAL CULTURE. Michael T. Ricker. Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, 2013. Distributed by Texas A & M University Press, College Station. 152 pp. with 221 ills. (218 col.). 29 x 23 cm. ISBN 9781622880133 In English.
Publisher's description: Distaffs are simple tools for spinning fiber, forming part of our culture for millennia. In certain cultures, distaffs evolved over centuries from plain sticks to surprisingly ornate sculptures. They eventually became important cultural objects, with almost ritualistic significance. During a heyday lasting from the mid 18th century to the early 20th century, distaff production soared. This production was ultimately quashed by the progress of the Industrial Revolution and subsequent availability of ready-made fabric. Distaff use continued, but primarily to honor tradition and create special textiles of cultural and familial importance, rather than make clothes for daily wear.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Several Periods — Sculpture, Textile/Fiber Arts — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 153951
Hardcover $45.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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