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words is the kanji "thread" radical and in English both words are translated as 'rope'. The form and features of both are roughly the
same but their purposes are considerably different. A 'nawa' is used in familiar jobs like farm work and in the tending of garden trees, whereas the 'tsuna' is often used is to bind luggage onto trucks, in tug of war games at school sports days, and for business and specialist uses.
'Nawa' is cut to a certain length and used and is often used and finished with only once, 'tsuna' however, is used over and over again. Since therefore, it's strength is not so necessary, nawa is often made of rice straw. On the other hand 'tsuna' needs to have strength, and in the past used to be made out of hemp but recently is mostly made out of synthetic fiber .