Hand Harvested Wild Nettle

Sewing classes started in full force this week.  Saelyn, one of our teen students, is making a medieval costume.  His fabric is very unusual, and so we are sharing it today.  Thanks Saelyn!

It is hand harvested wild nettle… from the Kulung Rai tribe in Nepal.  Its botanical name is Girardinia diversifolia.  A collective of women picks the nettle, and cooks it in wood ash overnight.  Then it is soaked in white clay for a few weeks.  Then it is soaked in Himalayan crystal salts.  Finally it is hand-spun and hand-woven.

 

It’s going to make a very strong, woody sleeveless hooded tunic for Saelyn!

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