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Thread-twisting

Nature volume 29, page 478 | Download Citation

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IN NATURE, January 31 (p. 305), I read some remarks by Prof. E. B. Tylor on a “rude method of making thread by rolling palm or grass fibre into a twist with the palm of the hand on the thigh,” which Prof. Tylor regards as a “savage art” of old native tribes of Guiana, who were thigh-twisters. I have often seen shoemakers when at work prepare their threads by twisting them on the thigh with the palm of the hand. May this practice be one which has survived from a barbarous period?

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