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Fibers: Yucca

January 20, 2016

Yucca  plants are indigenous to the area in which I live, the variation Yucca constricta is the most common with in the Central Texan Plains. Yucca fibers have historically been utilized to make ropes and cordage. The long, fibrous leaves were beaten with stones to expose the fibers. I noticed that the yucca plants that had naturally died in the environment were dry and their fibers more or less not compromised and far easier to expose than those within the living plant. 

 I gathered the fallen plants and brought them back to my studio, where I soaked them in rainwater for approximately 24 hours. The fibers easily separated, which allowed me to braid the raw fibers into a cord.

 After the cord dried, I decided to wax the length of it to add durability and to waterproof the fibers.

I melted some unfiltered yellow beeswax and saturated the entire length of cord within it.  

 

 After the wax cooled, the cord was noticeably stronger and more pliable. The beeswax also gave the fibers a light honey smell that blended beautifully with the earthy scent of the yucca it self. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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