Hawran Plateau: Wool Manufacturing

Date: Early-nineteenth century

The process of wool manufacturing involves the collaboration of Bedouin shepherds who shear the goats, and women, who use a distaff (meghezel el souf) to wind the wool for spinning. Sometimes, camel hair is also manufactured in this way. Also mentioned are: provision bags, camel bags, tent-covers (rowáks), and bonnets (mèaraka).

Citation: Burckhardt, John Lewis, Notes on the Bedouins and Wahábys, collected during his Travels in the East, by the late John Lewis Burckhardt (London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. Reprinted, New York and London: Johnson Reprint Company, 1967), pp.67-69.