August 2017 – Ply Split Braiding: Anne Dixon

Anne began by explaining the technique was particular to a comparatively small area of North West India and Rajasthan where it was used to make strong camel girths. Four ply cords are made and then these the cords are worked together by splitting the ply and threading through one another.

Anne demonstrated how the cords were made, either self coloured, or a mixture of colours, and how the ply was spit and passed through.

Anne had many  examples of items made by ply splitting; bags, jewellery and small decorative items of many kinds.

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