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Nettle

Botanically considered a weed, the nettle plant has several medicinal qualities, and is also used in textiles. Indigenous to the Himalaya region, this fibre is appreciated for its softness and resistance. After the nettle has been harvested and bundled towards the end of summer, it is necessary to soften the stalks through a complex process involving water and ashes. The lye from the ashes relaxes the fibre that makes the stripping process easier. The nettle is thoroughly rinsed with clean water after stripping and spun into thread for weaving. A highly sustainable plant, nettle grows wildly and needs little care. The process to produce the nettle thread is carried out entirely by hand and does not involve chemicals.