The Testimony of Hands

Plaited Sandal

37.16.3, sandal

The sole of this sandal was made using strips of unaltered yucca leaf, just like another example. This one also has loops of rough twine made from yucca fiber that has had some of its skin stripped away and the fibers separated and then twisted. Another piece of twine laced through the loops would have held the sandal tightly to someone's foot.

Here is the other side of the same sandal:
37.13.6, sandal

This example is very well preserved compared to most artifacts made from plant materials. The frayed fibers you can see around the toe end shows that this sandal was worn for a while.

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