sinnet, synet, sennet, sennit

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A flat woven cord formed by plaiting an odd number, usually five or seven, of rope-yarns together to form a decorative pattern. Its original maritime uses were for anti-chafing gear such as baggywrinkle, reef-points, gaskets, earings, etc., but as such fancy work fell out of fashion at sea, its later uses were purely decorative. Various forms of sinnet were developed, of which the major ones were square plat, chain, and crown. The straw hats worn in hot weather by many sailors during the 19th and early 20th centuries were made of the fibres of palm leaves worked up in plat sinnet.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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