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Ropemaking Videos from Around the World

This collection of videos on YouTube and other places, shows traditional ropemaking from cultures around the world. They are far better than any video I could make.

You notice right away that though the details change from place to place, it's all made the same way. Twist it one direction, wrap it the other way.

Country Video Link
American West How the Cowboy Makes his Lariat 1917.
Making hair rope with a spinner.
 
https://youtu.be/CSUUsLeWYS8
Australia String Making.
Hand twisting two-ply rope.
 
https://youtu.be/reSdsm_W-G8
Bangladesh Hand twist jute rope making process, Bangladesh.
 
https://youtu.be/CY9B5vdjzqk
Colombia Apice: The Last Ropemakers
Interesting bow-powered spindle.
 
https://youtu.be/QhGKPt7Cq6Q
Ecuador Creating trenzas (braided rope) from paja in Urbina, Ecuador
Twisting single-ply straw rope with only a straight stick.
 
https://youtu.be/yrGxs_LRve0
England Walter Lloyd Rope Making
Making rope with a three hook Jack, with a reel, and by hand.
 
https://youtu.be/TSXagKiAubE
England Wyedean - Making Royal Horse Artillery Horse Leads Using a Rope Walk
Three-ply ropemaking with simple power tools.
 
https://youtu.be/LvObdzgpkD4
India Rope Indian Village People Making in Hand work
 
https://youtu.be/om4aqRWeMhw
Ireland Hay Rope Making Demonstration at Dún na Sí Heritage Park
Single-ply straw ropemaking with a crank.
 
https://youtu.be/-LZQstQ2dIY
Japan Old Engines in Japan (Extra) 1925~1950s Straw Rope Making Machine
Antique two-ply ropemaking machine.
 
https://youtu.be/w8lIMAlHghQ
Lithuania Rope making in Lithuania (1939)
Using a reel and cranks.
 
https://youtu.be/GAjbOGSCkBo
Mongolia Camel Hair Rope Foal Halter (2009)
Hand twisting two-ply hair rope.
 
https://youtu.be/AwcgAm6Dc1k
Netherlands A lost Craft - Traditional rope making
Four-ply (shroud laid) rope on a small rope-walk.
 
https://youtu.be/d53_S89owZg
Norway Lime Bast Rope
From tree to rope.  
https://vimeo.com/195692949/description
Norway Making a four strand rope of tarred hemp
19th Century ropewalk.
 
https://youtu.be/Bquft1_ezIs
Peru Ancient Quechua tradition preserved in the Q'eswachaka Bridge (Andes, Peru)
Making the famous Inca rope bridge.
 
https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCHPFaQfUgV0a2oJ78m2d_-w
Scotland Da Makkin O' a Keshie
Two strand, hand twisted straw rope.
 
https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/1127
Spain Cuerdas y sogas artesanas elaboradas con fibras vegetales
Breaking, skutching, hatchelling, spinning, and laying rope.
 
https://youtu.be/sfaLUi-qtnA
Sweden The Rope Walk - Traditional Rope Making for a Swedish East India Ship.
Another 19th Century ropewalk.
 
https://youtu.be/bYR8Ocw-Fko

 

Other Countries, Other Names

What do you call a ropemaker in other languages?

 

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