Sinew Thread Production and Properties in Western Alaska

Author(s): Diana Ewing

Year: 2017


The production and functional properties of sinew thread are integral to the creation of Arctic Clothing. I focus on the creation of sinew thread from tendons and how production techniques affect thread usability in clothing production. Specifically, the strength and pliability of sinew thread. My reproduction of sinew threads is modeled upon the sinew used in extant Western Arctic garments in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The strength of sinew thread is compared to that of modern commercially available threads to evaluate the durability of sinew in relation to readily available modern alternatives.

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Sinew Thread Production and Properties in Western Alaska. Diana Ewing. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429625)

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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17496