Contents include: Spinning with ANIMAL FIBRES in Peru, Mexico and Turkey, showing washing and carding of fleeces and spinning on drop spindle and wheel. Spinning with PLANT FIBRES in Laos, Sumba, Guatemala and Myanmar showing carding of cotton, pulling out lotus stem fibres and spinning on drop spindle and wheel. SILK spinning in Thailand showing the culture of the silk worm. Today, the skills and techniques of hand spinning are rarely practised even where hand weaving and knitting crafts survive. Cheap, inferior, machine made yarns are now readily available in the markets. These unique films from locations across the world show some of the surviving traditions of spinning which still produce yarns used to create the world's finest hand made textiles. I formed Ends of the Earth in 1987 with the aim of assisting the survival of traditional crafts which are everywhere threatened by industrial development and modern life. I had already established links with traditional craftspeople in many countries when it became possible for me in 1995 to start filming the processes with the advent of the camcorder. It then became a driving ambition of mine to make a record of traditional processes and techniques within the social, cultural and historical context in which these skills have survived. All the videos have been filmed on location with the co-operation and assistance of local people. Filming on my own with a small camera I have been able to capture informative, colourful and sometimes intimate moments in the life of many wonderful craftspeople. I hope you find these videos useful and enjoy watching them as much as I did making them.
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