Native American Jewelry Techniques – Squaw Wrap

I’ve been researching to find the proper way to make a squaw wrap on necklaces to no avail.  How is this technique achieved?  I understand the type of thread/cord to be used, however, securing the cord at each end seems to be a mystery.  How are the ends of the cord secured?  Please help.  Thank you. Vicki

Squaw Wrap on Fetish Necklace

Squaw Wrap on Fetish Necklace

Hi Vicki,

The technique of finishing the ends of necklace in a squaw wrap is related to “whipping” which is a term related to finishing ropes by wrapping a cord around the rope/ropes such as is done in the squaw wrap.

While this answer does not provide a step-by-step how-to make a squaw wrap, it should get you headed in the right direction. There are several ways to lay down a cord, wrap and pull through to secure. It is my understanding that the cord used for the whipping (or squaw wrap) is the very long ends of the necklace, not a separate cord that is added. I assume you would tie the ends together at the desired length, then lay the ends down, whip, and pull to finish.

I’m going to provide you with some links I found, but you might also want to google these terms

whipping two ropes together

marrying two ropes together

Here are a few good posts – the first is from Wikipedia and talks about whipping in general.
This pdf file show more types of whipping with how-to narrative.

There is another traditional way to finish off the ends of a necklace and that is by braiding and waxing the two ends of the necklace – they are then tied together at the desired length. This is a great method since it allows for adjustable lengths.

Braided and Waxed Tie Ends on Santo Domingo Necklace

Braided and Waxed Tie Ends on Santo Domingo Necklace

Best of luck and if you do find the definitive way to finish off a necklace with a squaw wrap, please let me know so I can share it with other readers.

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