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Birds' nests : Page 115


A braided handle was made as follows: Six strands of raffia, doubled in the centre, were braided until the braid (each strand of which was made of four strands of raffia) was long enough to reach up (from the outside) through the hole where the handle was cut off, out over the edge of

the gourd and back to the starting point, where it was passed through the loop in the end of the braid. Here it was braided in two plaits, three inches and a quarter long, which were brought over in a double handle to the edge of the gourd, where the strands were all united again in one braid. This was brought down for about an inch inside of the gourd, where it was tied fast to the first braid and the ends cut short, completing this curious little nest.

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