Displays often exhibit tops (grooved cones) needed to keep the strands well aligned.
The art of stranding, certainly important in the naval and construction fields, was also crucial for archery.
Even though there are no records related to bow-string making in the Medieval Age, we may well believe that its role was equally important to that of bow and arrow making.
An imperfect string can break a good bow and vice versa if the string is broken, our bow becomes unusable.
An effective bow must be complete with a good string that is as durable, fast and inextensible as possible.
Historically, to produce string, archers used suitable fibres found in their local habitat. Therefore, in the arid Asian steppes, we witness the triumph of twisted leather strips, tendons or animal gut while in Europe, with its damp Atlantic climate, plant fibres such as linen, hemp or nettle triumphed.