Upper left: Detail of the Agua Caliente feathered blanket. Photos courtesy of E. Pearlstein. Upper right: Braided red border cord typically found on California feather blankets as supports for wefts connected by half-hitch knots. Middle left: X-radiograph image of the Agua Caliente blanket permits a clear image of the twined construction. Middle right: Photomicrograph in which three orange fiber bundles directly above the scale are cross-sections of the plant fiber used as the support for the feathers. Crescent shape clusters are typical for yucca. Lower left: Photomicrograph in which surface view of a fiber bundle indicates features consistent with yucca.
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