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The rope maker

The rope maker would create ropes from different materials. The most common of these was hemp, although flax, linden fibre and horsehair might also be used. Rope was used in many different fields, but the bulk of the demand came from sailors and farmers. The process consisted of twisting together the threads of a fibrous material to produce long strands that would then be twisted together to form the rope.

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The small boy cranked hooks to twist strands into rope. The rope was looped around hooks on the man's carriage.
France, Brittany, Ille-et-Vilaine, Hedé
Sketch, grease pencil, sketchbook page (disbound)
Credit: Frédéric Back
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