Treasure of the British Museum: Spinning & Weaving Tools

Spinning and weaving tools  Iron Age, 800 BC-AD 50   England   During the Iron Age, most clothes were made from the linen from flax, leather or skins and wool of sheep which were kept on most farms. Iron Age farms and settlements made or repaired clothing. The small round objects are spindle whorls. Each one would have been used to weight a spindle, a tool used to spin wool into threads. The threads were woven into cloth on wooden looms which haven’t survived. The weights were hung on the bottom of the loom. Long handled combs made from animal bone or deer antler were used by weavers. Bone tools were used to make holes in the finished cloth or to sew pieces of cloth together to make clothes.  © Trustees of the British Museum

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