Stencil on Bread

I am interested in the surfaces of breads. When we think back on the history of bread, how often is surface decoration part of one’s vision? I bought this stencil at a stationary store. This is an experiment I made when writing an article for Mother Earth News about stencilling breads. Shouldn’t we imagine stencilled breads going back to the pre-pottery Neolithic? Why not? They had bread. They had sieves. They had ovens. They had skins and knives for making stencils.

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