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Spinning technology
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1. Long-term evolution

Spinning is a process that produces continuous yarn for weaving from separate fibers (Weaving technology). It involves several operations: extracting and cleaning the fibers from a fiber mass, aligning the fibers by combing, drawing and twisting a fiber strand to form yarn, and finally spooling the yarn. Spinning is a basic requirement in the production of textiles and hence a basic human technology, attested in the Mediterranean area as well as Western …

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Pfister, Ulrich, “Spinning technology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027785>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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