These spools of spun fiber represent the essential building blocks of woven handicrafts. What begins as the hair of domesticated animals is shorn and spun into thread, which would then be used to make fabric, which forms the basis of clothing and other functional items in a community. Dr. Turner's studies took him to many cultures that used weaving and woven handcrafts, in Africa, in Brazil, and in the United States. The swatches of woven cloth bear Africanized designs, and the bamboo on which the yarn is wound denote a tropical or sub-tropical locale. Because of the interlinking of the cultures that Dr. Turner studied it seems possible that he might have acquired them any number of places, but one might most accurately suppose he brought these items home from Brazil in the 1940s, or from Africa in the 1950s.