Inspiration to develop eco-friendly products comes from the people who wears and use our creation . I inspired by things which touched my heart and it can be anything from the nature to the people.
I like to work with different kind of fabric which has a unique texture and are hand woven . I love to work with fabric dyed with natural dyes like flowers, vegetables and the things arounds us.Speaking about different fabric we have cotton , silk, Hemp, and so on…One of my favourite fabric is —- hand woven fabric from hand spun yarn .
We are here to talk about the new developed fabric called Nettle Fabric…
Nettle is the fibres from the Common Stinging nettle – Urtica Dioica Himalayan Nettle (Girardinia Diversifolia)
Himalayan Nettle growing on a commercial basis is a possible ‘carbon neutral’ natural fibre with no waste.
They produce high quality fibre – strong, versatile, and a good length for spinning. And no, they don’t sting.
Nettle fabric is bio-degradable and 100% sustainable.
PROCESS OF MAKING NETTLE FABRIC :
Wild nettle is collected from remote high Himalayan ranges. 1-3 days walk from village for collection and then back to village.
The bark from the plants is collected and then drying of bark for 2-3 days and then it is left in natural river water for 7-10 days
This is called retting process .
Then boiling of bark and cleaning with water and separation of fibers.
Carding and then spun yarn is produced in villages by women.
Then hand spun yarn goes for weaving on handloom.
Nettle fibre processing is non-harming to the eco-system, natural and organic.
Have a look at products made from Nettle Cotton handwoven ecofriendly fabric made in India by Rural women …..fabric, block prints on nettle, cushion covers
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