I have been reading this book about making things. Tim Ingold is professor of Anthropology at Aberdeen University.
Professor Tim has all sorts of interesting things to say about the nature of making things, and the relationship between the maker and the material. He describes this as a dialogue, as a ‘morpho-genetic’ process, involving a confluence of forces and materials whereby engagement with materials creates form. As opposed to a ‘hylomorphic’ process, where the intention is to “impose forms internal to the mind upon a material world”
You can read all about it here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415567237/
But he also has some thoughts about STRING in particular and what it’s good for:
“String is for things that are not already parts of a whole but have to be made to cohere by tying them up. It is for bringing things together in a world of non-parts: for correspondence” (page 121)
” Of all the proceeds of human endeavour, string is perhaps the most widespread and the least appreciated” (page 117)
“String retains a complete and unflinching record of the gestures that went into its formation. Nothing escapes it. As the ‘cord’ in re-cord reminds us… there is memory in a length of string, and to remember is to rewind it.” (page 121)