After the cocoons are washed and cleaned, they are placed as "cakes" on the holder and then spun with the drop spindle. Thus the women could easily devote themselves to spinning. The amount of yarn produced is quite low with this method and the quality is very different.
An improvement is the hand spinning wheel, which is operated with the foot. It is light and can be carried to any place in the house or yard. The thread becomes more uniform and the amount of produced yarn is about ten times.
Within the framework of the project, which we started together with GIZ, we want to provide the women with hand spinning wheels and train them on this tool.
It is hoped that a sufficient quantity of yarn will soon be available to start with the weaving of fabrics.
Traditionally, scarves and narrow fabrics are created on the floor loom. The warping of the chain, the tensioning of the loom and the insertion of the weft threads are tedious and lengthy processes. The physical stress of women is great and sitting on plastic plans is not necessarily healthy.
Meanwhile, a course took place, in which the hand-weaver Andreas Möller together with carpenters and weavers in Umden has built several Flying8-looms. Flying8 are frame looms with a flying shuttle, which are made of wood and can be built by everyone and every woman.
They are small and fit into each cottage. They are quieter than conventional looms and have a number of ergonomic enhancements that make weaving easier. They have 8 shafts so that fabrics can be produced with all types of binding and a variety of modifications.
This allows women to produce more easily and effectively larger amounts of tissue. When carefully worked, these fabrics are in no way inferior to quality fabrics woven in Germany.