- More than just learning to spin on a spindle! Review by CarolineA
This is a wonderful video on so many levels; on the purely practical it shows how fibre can be prepared and spun into quality yarn with the minimum of fuss and equipment, and its also a gentle and informative introduction to a way of life that is so different to ours in the western world.
As an Aussie I am used to picking up a raw spinning fleece and spinning with no more preparation than separating out the fibres with my fingers, so I was not surprised to see Nilda prepare her fleece simply, and start spinning. But after that everything was new; the double drafting, the way to spin for knitting and weaving, the differences a Z twist and S twist yarn can make to a piece of cloth, and the effortless spinning that shows how at one Peruvian and other South American spinners are with their spindles, and the underlying philosophy of a way of life that is challenged by our culture.
This is not just a "how to spin like an Andean spinner" video, but a record of a culture where the creation of cloth is as basic to their survival as the air they breathe and the food they eat. Nilda's delightful and gentle personality gives this video life and will enchant those who view it. If I could have given it more stars, I would have! It has certainly increased the respect I already had for these talented textile artists with magic in their fingers.
(Posted on 8/20/13)