What is the Burden Cloth?

Notice: 2019 winter solstice deluge rainfall combined with roofing contractor incompetence has caused major water damage in the Timeless studio. Most of the stock on hand has been salvaged, some with no damage, some with minor discoloration to the webbing (no structural damage). All three sizes, Patio (~3×3), Home & Garden (~4×4), and Farm (~5×5) are currently available by calling the Timeless phone number. A few new (post-flood) Farm size Burden Cloths are available electronically from our Etsy shop.

Note: unfortunately, litigation surrounding the contractor & insurance claims is slowing the recovery process. We are doing our best to insure availability during these trying times.

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, farm-wives used aprons as totes, medieval troubadour roadies used groundcloths that doubled as instrument totes…

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Tasks eased with a Burden Cloth…

  • weeding & the cleanup after—as shown above
  • pruning & the cleanup after
  • harvesting fruit, veggies, herbs
  • toting tools or supplements to individual beds
  • clearing invasive weeds: Himalayan blackberries, English ivy, kudzu…
  • gathering, sorting, & toting laundry at home or to a laundromat
  • infant uses—tote food & diaper bags; surface cloth for changing baby; shade baby in car-seat, stroller, or playpen, modesty drape for breast-feeding; even tote the folded stroller or playpen and toys
  • toting stuff* to outdoor events: concert, picnic, beach party, camp-out, star-gazing—
    *pillows, lawn chairs, umbrellas, food containers, thermoses, sunscreen, bug dope…
  • travel uses: cover auto upholstery & carpet from pet hair, sand, mud, and more
  • manage indoor messes: building models, whittling & carving, re-potting house & patio & hanging plants, polishing silver
  • 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: mushrooms, wild berries, herbs such as nettles, horsetail…
  • fishing & hunting: cleaning one’s catch, tote 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 pets or wild animals…