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Discussion and analysis of the origin and functional differentiation of knot(PDF)

Journal of Silk [ISSN:1001-7003] [CN:33-1122/TS]

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Discussion and analysis of the origin and functional differentiation of knot
TAO Yuan WANG Qicai WANG Jing YU Weidong
 1.Lutai School of Textile and Apparel, Shandong University of Technology, Zibo 255000, China; 2.College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
knot function tools marking keeping records by tying knots decoration
Knots exist in reliance upon soft strips, and are of great importance to the emergence of textile materials and tools. But there are few researches on knots in the academic circle. In this paper, analysis was made on the origin and functional differentiation sequence of “knot” according to the trace of knots on hard tools or stone tools in the anthropolithic age, and the low productivity of primitive man and their primary demand for materials. It has been demonstrated that the practicability of “knot” is its most original attribute, which arose to address the needs of binding and carrying; on this basis, the function of marking gradually emerged with the need and development of consciousness of human beings, represented by keeping records by tying knots; the decorative function of know that is most familiar to us emerged latest, following the practicability and marking functions. The research shows that the origin and development sequence of “knot” are consistent with that of textile materials, as tool first, then for marking, and for decoration.


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