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Rattlesnake Master Plant


Both leaf and stem (bast) fibers from plants were used to make these items. Leaves from the plant commonly known as rattlesnake master or button snake root (eryngium yuccifolium) have been identified as the fiber source for several specimens, including the twined bag and many of the shoes. Plant materials were also used as lining or padding in some footwear specimens.

Rattelsnake Master Plant

Rattlesnake master plant. The leaves were used as yarns.

View a micrograph of root

Threads and Treads of The Past:
Prehistoric Fabrics and Footwear from Louisiana and Missouri 6400 B.C. to 1200 A.D.

Exhibit Dates: April - August, 1999

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140 Human Ecology Building
Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising
College of Agriculture
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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