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cheers - smiling flower
Posted on 2013.01.05 at 14:50


Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2013-01-05 22:08 (UTC) (Lien)
Aside on DE:

The Coast Salish (who are known for their textiles) used to process the fibre they used for making blankets with diatomaceous earth - it kept away the moths and the bedbugs and any number of nasty beasties.

(I spent my Christmas holiday reading a book on the history of the "Cowichan" sweater.)
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2013-01-06 00:25 (UTC) (Lien)
that is pretty damned amazing!

i have a goodly amount of both types, now. i do wonder about being too liberal with the sharp gg stuff - like on cloth, sheets - though. it's like asbestos. but i wonder if food grade might work a little. the idea of cockroaches in my bed is just too much.
Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2013-01-06 04:40 (UTC) (Lien)
The food grade is not to be inhaled, either. (It's still silica, just slightly rounder). It's also used in grain silos to keep bugs off the grain.

The Coast Salish worked the DE into animal fibres (from some kind of wild goat, IIRC, as well as from a now-extinct dog) before they spun them - the book didn't specify how - they also processed the DE themselves. They used a big, honkin' spindle - about the size of a toilet plunger - to spin the wool.

This is the author's website: http://sylviaolsen.ca . I wish I went to her book reading last October.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2013-01-06 16:44 (UTC) (Lien)
thanks for remindng me about the grain silos,i forgot. but yes, at least it is edible. it makes sense that it is not to be inhaled, although i don't recall a warning. but my impression is that it is completely rounded. whatever. brain's gotta go now.
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