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  • Barbara Nostrand
    Oct 10, 2001
      Noble Cousins!

      Wayne Farris just posted a note to pmjs about hemp and cotton that will
      probably be interesting to people.

      Your Humble Servant
      Solveig Throndardottir
      Amateur Scholar

      >Dear Morgan,
      > I found your message interesting. Hemp, of course, was the preferred
      >cloth for peasants until at least the late fifteenth century, when cotton
      >entered from Korea. I have not looked at the references you cited, but to
      >make hemp cloth, there was quite a lot of "tezukuri" necessary, as I
      >understand. The stalks of the karamushi had to be stripped of their outer
      >skin, and then those skins were pounded to make them softer. Then one could
      >weave cloth. Unlike cotton, clothing made from hemp was cold and
      >scratchy--thus cotton was a big advance when it did come in.
      > I know of a few articles for you to refer to if you like, including an
      >oldie but goodie by Nagahara Keiji.
      > See why studying commoners and their industries can be so valuable?
      > Best wishes,
      > Wayne Farris
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