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Fire starting kit consisting of four components. Part a: Two caps on the either end of a small rope which attach to either end of a bamboo stalk (part b). These caps come from a single silk worm cocoon that has been cut in half. There is a flat, rectangular piece of iron that is used with a flint (part d) attached to the length of rope. The iron is curved into a hook-shape on one corner in order to allow the iron to hang off the piece of rope. Part b: Length of bamboo stalk, hollow at one end to allow for the storage of parts c-d, inside there is a bundle off-white un-spun silk fibre. The closed end of the bamboo stalk is burnt and blackened. This end is the carbonated end used to light a dried silk tuft to ignite a fire. Part c: A tobacco leaf rolled up and bent at one end. Part d: Piece of stone used as a flint. It is mostly black with streaks of brown and there is a brown line that runs down the centre of the stone. The edges are mostly jagged, but there is one smooth edge.

History Of Use

To make fire, a tuft of the un-spun silk is placed on the carbonated end of the bamboo stalk, the flint is struck against the iron tablet and the spark is directed at the dried silk tuft that ignites the fire.


Part (c) is a cigarette local to the Man(g)kuria people known as a “bi(r)di”.

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