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Braided Rope (with netting)

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This rope represents a hand-braided version of a familiar item. Rope has many uses throughout daily life in all corners of the globe. This rope may have come from Nigeria, it may have originated in Brazil, or Dr. Turner may have acquired it from the southeastern coastal region of the United States when he studied the Gullah dialect, as the people populating the islands off the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas were noted for their weaving skills, as evidenced by the hand-woven fishing nets used there. If the rope does indeed originate from the Gullah culture then it likely is made from palmetto or sweetgrass fibers.
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