Plant fibres

Discover the versatility of plant fibres and how you can incorporate them in your home decor. From natural rugs to woven baskets, explore top ideas to add a touch of eco-friendly elegance to your living space.

The non-fruit bearing species of banana, abaca (Musa Textilis), has been grown for centuries for use as a textile fibre. Also known as "Manila hemp", banana fibre production and its trade has centred primarily around The Philippines due to the plant's abundance and quick regrowth. But who first made fabric from bananas? Someone who saw the strength and durability it could bring!

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weaving magic naturally: Preparing Stinging Nettle Fibre.

Now Stinging nettles are one of my favourite plants that are utilized in many ways here. Most importantly its one of the biodynamic compost plants along with its use in the chooks mash. I also use it like spinach, herb tea, green pasta to mention a few. Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica)is a herbaceous perennial growing to 1.5mt, with coarsely toothed leaves. They can be cut several times in a growing season. They can become invasive and should not be planted near paths. So back to its use as…

Five Dye Plants to Forage in Bristol Hedgerows (and Beyond) — Ria Burns Knitwear Herbs, Nature, Seeds, Bristol, Shrubs, Hedgerow, Foraging, Cow Parsley, Plant Life

It’s summer here in the UK, and the hedgerows around Bristol are alive with plant life. Many of these common ‘weeds’, trees and flowers can be used as natural dyes, providing you with a free source of botanical colour. My favourite foraging area of the Bristol – the Bristol and Bath Railway Path i

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