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Smell of the selfbraided rope?

Hello, last Sunday (16.4.), my children and I braided small ropes in the Vasa Museum. The material smells very strong. Where does this smell come from and is it safe for children?


  • Hello Jana

    The rope smells of tar. Tar is a sort of resin, extracted from wood. It is used for protecting rope fibers, and ships timber, from rot.

    (Tar has also a tradition as an ingredient in schampoos and soaps, especially in the Nordic countries)
    With best regards
    Inger Museum Teacher
    (Updated )

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