These days, it is rare to find hand-spun thread. It is a slow process that requires a lot of patience, but it produces beautiful results that cannot be replicated by machines. This is due to the uneven tension of the hand as the fiber is spun from fiber into thread on the wheel. Hand-spun thread will reflect the unique personality ofthe person who creates it. Was that person have a good or bad day? Are their hands tight or loose? Is the thread consistent or varied in thickness? Each spool of thread will look different, depending on the person’s character and emotions she or he was feeling on that particular day.
This video clip below shows one of the Miao fabric masters spinning cotton thread at our workshop in Dimen Village.