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tool for preparing fibers to weave
  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • tool for preparing fibers to weave, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a 57 x 8 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a 22 7/16 x 3 1/8 x 1 1/8 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 54 x 10.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 21 1/4 x 4 1/8 x 1 in
    Object Length/Width: c 26 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: c 10 1/4 x 1 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5319.a,b,c

The tool is in three pieces. It was used for preparing caraguatá leaves for weaving.

2007.5319.a: is a slat of wood, slightly rounded and curved.
2007.5319.b: is a slat of wood, slightly curved and wider.
2007.5319.c: is a long, thin rectangle of metal. One end is slightly rounded, the other end is notched.

The person using the implement kneels on one end of one of the wooden pieces and inserts the tip of the caraguata leaf between this piece and the knee. With the steel piece they strip the pulp from the leaf by scraping the leaf away from them, leaving the fiber.