Tudor Tailor Deerskin points: "The deerskin used for these handmade laces has been through a tanning process very close to the oil/alum tawing process used in the 16th century. The results are soft flexible laces that can hold a tight half-bow, whilst being surprisingly strong." set of twelve 12-inch, 56 pounds. Wow.
1583 English: "The inside is strengthened by a pressed-paper inner lining with 3 layers stitched together by a black cotton thread. On the silk lining, just below the centre of the mouth, is a loose thread of white cotton which would have held a black glass bead (found in association with the mask). With a lack of holes to allow string or elastic to be put around the head, the mask would have instead been held in place by the wearer holding the black bead in her mouth."