“The beginning of History and the First Man,” by Humayun Gauhar

At the beginning of time, in prehistory, women worked the spindle and men the potter’s wheel. Thus the wandering minstrel sang the Sufi’s song, “Long live the woman on the spinning mystic spindle” spinning out threads, every thread a force of history, its sound akin to the sound of creation.

Link to article from Pakistan Today.

A bit of abstract reading for your Monday morning – I hope you’ve had your tea or coffee for the day. This article addresses the metaphysical nature of the development of society, its history, its creation while playing with the allegorical imagery of spinning and fiber works.

 

Short Clip – Old Salts Knitting (1936)

Warm even when wet, oily unscoured wool was the historic top pick for sailor’s sweaters. Though these sweaters are usually though to have been knit by whatever women happen to be in the lives of the sailors, we can see in this short video that it was not unheard of for sailors to do some of their own knitting as well. Not that this is really all that surprising – between sailors’ extensive knowledge of knots and working with rope and how nice it is knitting during the down time on a sail boat.

Though the links for these videos were provided through Youtube, the British Pathe curates these and more historic videos and other short clips.

Literal Dog Knits, circa WWII

You won’t need to take your rations book anywhere because dog wool does not need a coupon, only a comb.

Now somewhat taboo, dogs as fiber animals was once thought of as a war time necessity. Using dog hair was seen as being thrifty, humane and environmentally responsible, largely because the dog hair was going to be shed whether it was collected by the wooler or not. Below are two British videos promoting the use of dog hair fibers as wool. The first video is from 1942, during WWII – the second is slightly after, in 1951.

Though the links for these videos were provided through Youtube, the British Pathe curates these and more historic videos and other short clips.