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Plaited Mats While You Wait

PLAITED MATS WHILE YOU WAIT

On such an improvised seat she will sit by the hour, her skilful fingers moving with great rapidity. It is doubtful whether she can walk with the same ease of movement, for the coiled brass rods that encase her legs weigh about fifteen pounds. The plaiting of mats is an important industry in Nigerian villages, and slips of the young shoots of palms or of reeds are gathered for this purpose