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Making Cordage

Once the plant and sinew fibers had been prepared, the making of cordage could actually be done.

There are two methods for making the fibers into cordage.

One method uses braiding or plaiting.
Plaiting was done with flat, split fibers such as cattail and willow.

The other method was twining, or twisting, the fibers into string. Twining was done with fibers such as dogbane, sagebrush, milkweed, and willow.


Twining was done by two methods.

One method was to twine using the fingers to twist the plant fibers.

The other method twined the fibers by rolling them across the thigh.

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