People have been learning knot and braid patterns and passing
them down thru the generations since before the stone age.
Most are so old that their true origin has been lost - yet
are known around the world and have many different names.
There is a "slit braid" that we use for our own "cowboy style" on a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy. Ancient braid and knot patterns have a linked history through out many of the world civilizations.
If you could follow the Turk's head knot as it traveled
with ancient sailors - marking their ships wheel for navigation - it would connect us all... Just as the perfect Turk's Head Knot is made
with a continuation where there is no beginning or ending.
The Braiding of leather and rawhide is truly an ancient art...
Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Leather and Rawhide Braiding
And to all of the old time braiders that have shared their knot and braid knowledge to keep the art of braiding alive and passing it on.
The Cowboy Knot
This is a long 6 bight Turk's head. We call it the cowboy knot. It is the foundation for the long pineapple.
The Gaucho Knot
Gaucho interweave on a 4 bight Turk's head. It's name comes from the Gauchos of South America.
The Long Pineapple Knot
This is a built on a long 6 bight Turk's head. It uses 5 ft. of thong and can be built on for longer knots or coverings.
The Pineapple Knot
Herringbone interweave on a 6 bight Turk's head. Also called a pineapple knot.
Large Gaucho Knot
Gaucho interweave on a 6 bight Turk's head. The V's are horizontal compared to the more vertical pineapple
4 Thong Round Braid
Most versatile braid can be braided alone or around a core for added strength.
Herringbone Ridge braid has a ridge on the front and a flat herringbone pattern on the back. Made with 6 strands
Herringbone Herringbone has a V shaped pattern. Made with 5 strands
Allot of the interwoven fancy knots are made using a Turk's head knot as the foundation.
The end always comes back to the beginning.
Believed to be named for resembling a Turkish turban. Sailors used the Turk's head knot to mark their ships wheel for navigation And it really did circle the globe!
Crocodile Ridge Braid
A beautiful 6 to 10 strand contoured braid has a raised, braided middle. In Argentina this braid is called *lomo de yacare. It is also very popular in Australia.
*Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding
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