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Message started by Whipartist on Jan 14th, 2004 at 9:23pm

Title: Tibetan Slings and Wrist Loops
Post by Whipartist on Jan 14th, 2004 at 9:23pm
I got this picture from R. Owen's book 250 Braids

Beautiful sling.  I intend to use the braiding pattern on my next sling.  I love the reversing spiral!!  Awesome.  

My question up for discussion, seeing as how Barak brought up wrist loops in another thread, is:

This thing has like 3 wrist loops on it.  Why?

Adjustable length sling?  I'll throw that out there.  

Maybe they aren't wrist loops.  What's their purpose?

Just tradition, or decoration?  "Everybody makes their slings this way, so I will too," sort of thinking?  I've seen another Tibetan sling on the cover of National Geographic.  I think Hondero has it on his website.  It's interesting because it too has extra wrist loops if I remember right.  Maybe feathers too.  

Notice the release end of the sling.  It also has a bunch of tapering to it and so on.  

Fact:  Tibetan slings crack like bullwhips when they throw stones.  I guess that's not too hard to accomplish with a cracker at the end and a densely braided sling.

I read about these slings in The Australian Plaiter's and Whipmaker's Journal. They use the noise to help herd the animals.  Pretty cool.

I love the cradle design.  It looks like it's built separately and then the cords are attached through eye loops in the ends or something.

But I'm very curious about those extra loops built into the design.  What are they there for?  


Title: Re: Tibetan Slings and Wrist Loops
Post by JeffH on Jan 14th, 2004 at 10:51pm
It could be that the air moves through this sling better due to the holes created by the loops.  If they were smart enough to figure out how to make it crack, they could figure out how to reduce drag.

jeff <><

Title: Re: Tibetan Slings and Wrist Loops
Post by justbarak on Jan 14th, 2004 at 11:52pm
Hmm... I vote for adjustable sling length.  I read somewhere that the shorter the sling the better the accuracy.  Maybe they wanted to be able to adjust it depending on the desired use.  

Actually, I kind of doubt it.  It's an interesting idea.  But I would be more inclined to think it was a combination of aerodynamics and cultural aesthetics.  It's interesting that the release end tapers - like a whip.  It would make sense, not just from a cracking stand point, but from a resistance stand point; the taper may decrease resistence, allowing the sling to release the projectile faster and more smoothly.  The release end also has a totally different set of strands at the tip - perhaps to allow it to be replaced when the constant cracking wears it out?

My braided slings almost always crack when I throw a stone.  It's almost annoying, though it's actually a fairly accurate gage as to whether my throw was efficient and powerful or weak and poorly timed.  No crack, bad throw.

I like the flat braid for the wrist loop.  Makes it comfy.  The cradle is really interesting.  I can't really tell if it's attached separately by eye loops, but it would make sense as the cradle appears woven, simply because it is the warp threads that are shown and not the weft threads as with the Andean slings.  


Title: Tibetan Slings and Wrist Loops
Post by Hondero on Jan 15th, 2004 at 1:16pm
Beautifull sling, Ben, I new it but my photo was worse than yours, so Iīve copied it. Donīt know either the object of differents parts of the cords, though I think they are merely ornamental. Is very frequent in Andean slings to use different design in the same thong, even been of an only cord.

Title: Re: Tibetan Slings and Wrist Loops
Post by Whipartist on Jan 15th, 2004 at 6:09pm
I suspect they may be ornamental too, Hondero.  I wonder if it could be related to some other function that they also use slings for or something.

It's interesting how both ends are split like that.  

Barak has a good point.  The "cracker" apparently is removable.  Pretty cool.

I typically make my slings with release nodes, and so they don't crack.  I'm not sure if I like or dislike the crack myself.  

Well glad you liked the picture Hondero.  I just set it as my desktop background, it's very beautiful, and part of the inspiration for my black and white sling.

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