- There were three types of spinning wheels in Slovakia(18), as well as three types of distaffs. In some districts of eastern Slovakia, there was a distaff that was tucked behind the belt to enable spinning while walking. There were similar tools in the Carpathian region and also outside the territory of Slovakia.(19)
In the 19th and 20th centuries, the most common distaffs were the sitting distaffs. A sitting distaff with one board was used in eastern Slovakia, while a sitting distaff with two boards < http://www.spwhsl.com/ISS_40/PirochSlovakEquipmentIllus.jpg > [the one on the left] was used in Western Slovakia. Occasionly, there were also sitting distaffs with fixings [some sort of extra equipment??] (in the Spis~ and Orava regions, and in C~ic~many).
Sitting distaffs were turned [on a lathe?] or carved, and very often were decorated with founded [cast?] metals (tin). In the 19th century, a third type of distaff, a freestanding distaff < http://www.spwhsl.com/ISS_40/PirochSlovakEquipmentIllus.jpg > [the one on the right], was common in western Slovakia. Its use is connected with the spread of spinning-wheels; it is also used in Moravia and Silesia.(20)
Again, thanks to Joe for help with the terminology.
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