the string revolution

No one knows when people first made string, perhaps one of the most important (and overlooked) inventions humans have ever made.

Archeology provides firm evidence for 35,000 years ago, possibly as much as 90,000.

So powerful…is simple string in taming the world to human will and ingenuity that I suspect it to be the unseen weapon that allowed the human race to conquer the earth, that enabled us to move out into every econiche on the globe…We could call it the String Revolution.”

Elizabeth Wayland Barber, 1994

So, what can you do with a piece of string ?

  • tie up a parcel
  • sail a ship
  • make a basket
  • fasten your shoes
  • bind a splint
  • keep your trousers up
  • make a hammock
  • cross a gorge
  • play cat’s cradle
  • tether a goat
  • fly a kite
  • hang a picture
  • carry a bundle
  • close a gate
  • tie a knot
  • hang your washing out
  • secure a boat
  • keep a dog within reach
  • climb a mountain
  • make a puppet dance…

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