What is the Burden Cloth?

It’s a gathering & carrying tool as old as time. Hunter-gatherers used hides as totes, prehistoric peoples used baskets as totes, ancient farmers used tunics or smocks as seed totes, farmwives used aprons as totes, medieval troubadour roadies used groundcloths that doubled as instrument totes…

carol-BCdemo-col-widetasks eased with a Burden Clothe…

  • weeding & the cleanup after
  • pruning & the cleanup after
  • harvesting fruit, veggies, herbs
  • toting tools & supplements to individual flower beds, veggie beds, and so on
  • clearing invasive weeds: Himalayan blackberries, English ivy, kudzu in the South…
  • sorting & toting laundry around the house or to a laundromat
  • baby & toddler uses—tote food & diaper bags, folded stroller or playpen, stuffed toys, surface cloth for changing baby, line or shade the stroller or playpen from sun or light rain, privacy/modesty drape for breast-feeding
  • toting stuff* to any outdoor event: concert, picnic, beach party, campout, star-watching—
    *pillows, lawn chairs, umbrellas, food containers, thermoses, sunscreen, bug dope…
  • travel uses: cover auto upholstery & carpet from pet hair, sand, mud, and omre
  • hobby mess management: building models, whittling & carving, re-potting house & patio & hanging plants
  • shopping trips: keep a Burden Cloth in the trunk & gather many packages into a single manageable bundle that won’t slide out of hands into mud, snow, puddles…
  • wild-crafting collection tote: mushrooms, wild berries, herbs like nettles & horsetail…
  • fishing & hunting: cleaning one’s catch on a known surface, toting large game quarters, use as a ground cloth in a blind…
  • emergency first aid: use as shawl or blanket for warmth or shock, sling for arm or shoulder injury, stretcher for pet or wild animals…