image courtesy of Wellcome Library, London | Licence: CC BY 4.0
image courtesy of Wellcome Library, London | Licence: CC BY 4.0

Cotton spinning couple.

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Watercolour drawing.

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image courtesy of Wellcome Library, London

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India

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A cotton bow. The bowstring was placed on the surface of the raw cotton and the bow handle hit with a hammer or mallet. The vibration of the string separated cotton fibre from dirt ...See: The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200-1850 p.24-25 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=SqF3jnPcyOYC&lpg=PA24&ots=5ft_Umdi5C&dq=cotton%20carder%20bow%20hammer%20string&pg=PA24#v=onepage&q=cotton%20carder%20bow%20hammer%20string&f=false edited by Giorgio Riello, Prasannan Parthasarathi