Thing-a-Day – January 25 – cooked gampi strips into string
Day 25 of the Thing-a-Day Challenge
Materials: gampi bark (from the Thymelaceae or Daphne family)
Gampi is quite similar to kozo (which I will talk more about tomorrow) and has been used for traditional paper making for centuries. When cooked (with soda ash), its fibers don’t hold together very well, so it is difficult to form vessels out of stretched strips. However, it pulls into long fine strips quite nicely, so it is a good fiber, in this cooked but unbeaten state, for making a long strings for knitting, sewing, or weaving. You just have to be careful not to pull too tightly when the cord is damp or the connection points will come apart.