String Figures and How to Make Them

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String Figures and How to Make Them: A Study of Cat's Cradle in Many Lands

By Caroline Furness Jayne

This book describes how to make no less than 107 different string figures, made by looping and crossing the string between the fingers. This ancient form of amusement, one that is practiced in all parts of the globe, and is especially popular among primitive tribes, is the subject of an ongoing exhibit at the Museum.

In the finished patterns we find, among all races, representations of men and women, parts of the body, articles of dress, of commerce, and of warfare; and of stars, and natural phenomena - such as storms, darkness, and lightning." (p. 3)

Dover Publications, 1962 reprint of 1906 original, paperback, 407 pages, 950 illustrations.