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see cordagecordage
, collective name for rope and other flexible lines. It is used for such purposes as wrapping, hauling, lifting, and power transmission. Early man used strips of hide, animal hair, and plant materials.
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a twisted or spun yarn used to tie up small packages and sew soft containers, such as bags, in industry, agriculture, and trade. Twines are classified primarily by length-to-weight ratio (thickness), which lies in the range 800–8,500 tex, and by the material from which the twine is made, such as bast fiber, paper, and polypropylene. Twine is manufactured with a single-, double-, triple-, or six-thread structure. Some twines may be polished.

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A strong string made up of two or more strands twisted together.
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string made by twisting together fibres of hemp, cotton, etc.
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[5.] Flett; plus comments on twined bag designs from various participants of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association, 3 October 1998.
Caption: Photo 2: These repeat zigzag motifs demonstrate a "band" design, which covers the entire side of this twined bag.
Caption: Photo 3: At left, triangle motifs seen on some flat twined bags with overall designs, likened to dorsal fins on spawning salmon (right), or the fins combined with water ripples of spawning streams filled with salmon.
Caption: Mary Schlick, a passionate lover of fiber arts, noted that designs like this, frequently seen on round twined bags used for collecting harvested roots, "are often referred to as 'salmon gill,'" yet another connection between native weavers and one of their all-important food sources.
Mothers, grandmothers, and aunties lavished children with adult-styled but pint-sized regalia, including labor intensive twined basket hats.