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What is Cordage?

Cordage is a word used to describe any kind of rope, string, twine, thread, yarn, cable, or any flexible line.

Cordage has always been used for tying, wrapping, holding materials together, sewing, knitting, binding, lifting objects, and hauling or pulling materials.

In the past cordage was one of the most useful tools made by People. Idaho's Native Peoples used cordage made from plants and animals because there were no buttons, zippers, or Velcro closures. Cordage was used in practically everything made to ensure survival: bows and arrows, nets, clothing, shelters, and baskets.

Cordage was made by twisting plant fibers or animal sinew (ligaments and tendons) together. Many different species of plants and animals were used by Idaho's Native Peoples to produce cordage.

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