Folk Art Nettle Fiber

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Elder Mountain Dreaming

Nettle, Hemp, Flex and Willow Fibers

NettleIn spring some stalks of grasses and nettle are broken by the wind or too dry in summer, some places have to exfoliate the top layers of the cortex, which contains the fiber. Their flexibility and strength is long appreciated by the birds for example, the crossbill or wren are always looking for it, for their winter nests. Sparrow fill the cracks in their previous nest that hangs over the water on a the branches of willow. The natural grass fibers are so strong that it is not destroyed for several years. I am sure these birds crafted and advised humans in ancient times to use the stronger elastic fibers like flax, hemp and nettle – the oldest fiber plants, which we have learned to handle.

nettleFrom long and strong fibers produced yarn for fabric on tailoring, sails and sacks.

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