The Tahkli spindle is a miniature spindle held by Indians. It spins quickly and is a suitable choice for spinning a short-stapled fiber like cotton. The whorl is smaller in circle than a typical Tibetan supported spindle, and the shaft (or the entire spindle) is frequently constructed of metal. Sometimes the term "Tahkli" is used as a general name for all small Indian spindles.
In modern terminology, these spindles are called "tic-tac spindles".
They were used in India until about the 1950s when they were replaced by powered machinery. These days they are popular with collectors because they can be bought very cheaply.
Spinning tic-tac spindles is a great way to start learning about textile history because they are such an important tool in ancient textiles. In fact, some historians believe that the first spindles were spun tic-tac style before they were used in Tibet or anywhere else in the world. They were probably first used by ancient Indian rope makers who wanted a quick way to spin fibers into threads.
Spinning tic-tac spindles is also fun because you get to use something tiny and elegant while also learning about old tools. There are several museums around the world that have Tahkli spindles on display for visitors to see.
A spindle whorl is a disc or spherical item that is put onto the spindle to improve and sustain spin speed. For centuries, whorls have been manufactured of a variety of materials, including amber, antler, bone, ceramic, coral, glass, metal (iron, lead, lead alloy), and wood (oak). Modern versions are often made from plastic.
Whorls can also be used as weights attached to strings and cords to create instruments such as harps, lyres, and pianos. Or they can be part of an instrument's body structure, as in the case of bones and horn. In fact, ancient Greek musicians used to make their spindles out of bone.
Finally, whorls are important components in machinery where smooth operation is required (such as in bearings). They can also be found in household items like hair rollers and toothbrushes.
Spindle whorls are used in many types of spinning devices, such as hand-operated yarn winders and machine-operated fiberizers. The whorl provides extra momentum for the fibers, helping them stay aligned while being spun into thread. Without a spindle whorl, these tasks would be much harder or impossible to do by hand.
In conclusion, a spindle whorl is a disc or spherical object that is used with a spindle to improve and sustain spin speed.
The Spindle Whorl Method A weaver constructs a spindle by putting a wooden dowel through the hole in the spindle whorl. The yarn produced has a Z-shaped pattern owing to the twist if the spindle is rotated clockwise; an S-shaped pattern is formed if the spindle is rotated counterclockwise.
A spindle is a straight spike made of wood that is used to spin and twist fibers such as wool, flax, hemp, and cotton into yarn. A hook, groove, or notch at the top of the spindle may also be used to guide the yarn. The word spindle comes from the Latin spinus, meaning "wheel." Thus, a spindle is a tool for spinning wheels.
Spinning wheels were used by ancient civilizations including the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. However, it was not until much later that the concept of using sticks instead of wheels to produce fiber became popular again. The spindle has had many variations over time but they all serve the same purpose of twisting fibers together.
People have been spinning their own yarn since at least 400 BC when the Greek historian Herodotus wrote about Egyptian women spinning thread with a hand-held stick. In Europe, people started spinning yarn from sheep's wool which was then used to make cloth. This process was likely first developed by farmers who needed clothing to protect their crops and livestock from the elements. As farming techniques improved, so too did our ability to use wool in creative ways. Writers like Shakespeare and Daniel Defoe were among those who praised the quality of English wool before it was even imported from England. After 1700, new breeds of sheep were developed which produced finer, more colorfast yarn than ever before.