String Figures & Cat's Cradles


The principal aim of is to put back online Mr. Martin Probert's account of The Survival, Origin and Mathematics of String Figures.


This is work of c. 1998 - 2003, and the last light revision was made in 2013. The original appearance of The Website is retained.

In 2018 there appeared Mr. Martin Probert's study of The String Figures of Malawi.


Click here to watch a short film (2020) that is inspired by this work.


The Games of Malawi forms part of a related website. It offers a broader account that may be of interest to readers. is called after one of the many evocative names for the Snake's-head Fritillary (fritillaria meleagris). was last revised on 25th July 2020.