Historical information

The teasel gig was used for raising the nap of fabric to reduce its stiffness and roughness. The teasel is a thistle like plant whose dried heads are used on the teasel gig. They are fixed to frames around the drum, or gig. The gig turns in the opposite direction to the flow of the cloth until the nap is raised.

Physical description

Teasel gig; large metal machine with wooden rollers and teasel covered drum.