Hand-spinning is still an important skill in many traditional societies. It began years ago as the need for clothing and textiles grew. Yarn-winders were used to expediate the process of making clothing. Women were taught from a very young age to develop this skill and be productive members of their family unit.
Artisan spinners now still spin their own yarn to control specific yarn qualities and produce yarn that is not widely available commercially. Handspinners also may spin for self-sufficiency, a sense of accomplishment, or a sense of connection to history and the land. In addition, they may take up spinning for its extreme meditative qualities. Early Zen I believe.
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