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Wisdom & Skill

By psu68    
The hands of this 90+ year old women are seen demonstrating how cotton was once commonly spun into yarn. This obviously lost skill takes just the right combination of hand-eye-foot coordination to keep the process moving smoothly. I found out she learned the skill as a young girl. On top of this demonstration, she uses raw cotton where she removes the 30 some odd seeds in each ball, and then combs the raw cotton so that it can be spun into yarn. She was amazing to watch because she does this every day for hours at a time at a cultural museum where I live.

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24 Aug 2013 3:39PM
Excellent image and write up, sad these arts are being lost.

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Aug 2013 10:23PM
Hands at work-- and I am envious of this fine image as it would fit in so nicely with a collection I have of---"Hands at Work."
Potra 5 Venezuela
25 Aug 2013 2:24AM
Her hands do not look her age, precisely because of her trade.

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