A spindle is the object used to spin textile fibres. In its simplest form, it is a cylindrical piece of wood, sharpened at the points. At one end, normally the bottom, it has a round component, which acts as a counterweight and stopper. This part is called the whorl.
The spindle, in its different forms, is a tool that dates back to the Neolithic Age and one that is still used today. The spindle and loom are two of the most revolutionary inventions from the Neolithic Age. To make a garment, you first have to spin the thread and then weave it. In the Neolithic Age, people would start by using a spindle, to create a very fine thread. They would then use this thread on a loom, to create the garment they needed.