Cordage is a strong, naturally crafted string used by our ancient ancestors, aboriginal people, and wilderness survival enthusiasts today.

Real-life cordage

Cordage is often made by braiding or twining together the fibrous stalks of grass and other plants, but also various other plant materials, such as bark strips, roots, and vines.

The general technique for making cordage is to cut grass or plant stalks, then slit them open and sometimes beat them against a rock or tree to loosen up the individual fibers. Fibers should be cut when dry, otherwise they need to be dried out afterward. Then you twist the fibers together with your fingers or roll them along your thigh so they twine together in thick strands.

Here are some additional details and resources about cordage:

Cordage in my mods

In my mods, I use cordage as a general term for naturally crafted string, regardless of what material it comes from or how it’s created. Most recipes in my mods require cordage instead of string. Primal Lib registers the following items as “cordage” in Forge’s OreDictionary by default:

  • Twine (Primal Lib)
  • Bark strips (Primal Lib)
  • Sugar cane (vanilla)
  • Vines (vanilla)


In the config file, you can choose not to let Primal Lib register bark strips, sugar cane, or vines as cordage. Twine is always registered as cordage.