Friday, December 21, 2007

Rubber, a latex world

South American Indians have been using rubber for thousands of years and one of the neat inventions was that of the rubber ball. The one in the attached image was probably made by applying latex to a rubber balloon. I bought the finished product in Alter do Chao, on the Tapajos River, but it came from the Arapiuns River area. In times past, Indians made balls by using animal bladders instead of balloons.

No comments: