This Item was Sold on 29 April
2012 for $100
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For centuries, the hand spindle played a role in producing thread and yarn. It is still a tool used in parts of the world today. The form and function of the spindle is basically the same everywhere. It has a very simple design consisting of a shaft and a weight. The materials used to make the spindle in the past consisted of whatever was readily available at the time. The majority of the spindles available today, have wooden shafts with a wooden disc as the whorl (weight). Choosing the type of spindle to use, will be determined by the type of yarn you want to produce, and the type of fiber being used.
This item is a lot of 6 wooden spindles and two wooden weaving implements used by Native Americans of the pre-Columbian Chancay culture in North Central Peru (1100-1450 AD). Three of the spindles have a central cylindrical whorl. There are two spindles that have a large quantity of fine cordage without dye. Some of the implements have splits or other damage in the wood, as expected for wooden artifacts with an age of more than 500 years.