Babiche is made from rawhide and has multiple uses. Hide is denuded of hair through a soaking process, stretched until dried and cut into long narrow strips. Named by the early French traders, these thongs were used for fishing and harpoon lines, lacing for snowshoes, bowstrings, gill nets, tumplines and headbands, lacrosse rackets and drumheads. Bags of fine workmanship were knit of babiche. Braided babiche was used in making halters and carrying straps. The hides of land and aquatic animals were made into babiche and varied, according to animal, in thinness, colour and strength.