In this Sefer Torah, the tefiros of this yeriah have a frayed string attachment. I do not think that it is giddim, does anyone know?
It could be that only next to the knots did they tie this frayed string attachment (but I would not know what is accomplished with that)?
In any case, according the Mishnas Hasofer in Siman 27 he brings that beshas Hadchak one can allow stitching with linen or silk (etc..) this is only until one can get kosher giddim afterwards.
Would that be the case here? (Since I do not recognize what material this is exactly, and if it is only around the knots).