fiber and food
Textiles, basketry, network, matting and cordage were most likely always developed in parallel with the cultivation of edible plants, which also implies the development of mathematical and geometrical knowledge that is (quite literally) intertwined with the practice of these crafts.Page 237, The Dawn of Everything
This makes me happy – to literally see these things connected – food, fiber, abstract thinking. I can see these connections so clearly in my own life. These passages from The Dawn of Everything bring them even more into focus.
I have fiber hanging around in the house. Waiting for the making of cordage or baskets or weaving. When the mood strikes, maybe this fall.
This morning I saw two garlic stalks I had left on the deck. I took two bulbs for cooking and was going to dispose of the stalks. But – there’s fiber there – what if I made use of it? So I stripped the dried leaves off.
I realized there’s an inner, shiny layer that might dry nicely, so I stripped that too.
I have a lot of garlic drying in the shed waiting to be ready for processing. Food and fiber.