National Geographic : 1919 Aug
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE . , . ... '. ..... **i* ,*'*, "i 'i ^s,i?"^ . '.z. 1 *: : .;,y '1 '^ 1 "'" ** %1 ;' . 1 : g Nlr IN r~~; THE DISTAFF OF THE SPINSTER IN THE DOURO DISTRICT, NORTHERN PQRTUGAL The spindle and the distaff are still employed here for producing the best linen thread used in the. beautiful laces for which Portugal is famed, Woolen yarn for the family clothing is also spun by this primitive method. Rustic life in Portugal is not a dull, dreary grind, for each epoch of the farming year is celebrated with a festa, and of fairs and such gatherings there is no end.