The Testimony of Hands

Plaited Sandal

2008.51.15, sandal
2008.51.15, sandal
25 centimeters (10 inches) long
Photographs by B. Bernard

This sandal was made using strips of yucca leaf taken directly from a plant such as the broad-leaved banana yucca and woven together while still green. The braided strands still have the thick mass of parallel fibers (light tan) and the papery skin of the leaves (gray).

The simple construction of this sandal makes it look the same from both sides. Here it is turned over: 2008.51.15, sandal

On the underside, more of the light brown fibers are visible since the outer skin has worn away from walking.

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