Our textile fiber comes from the wild nettle (Urtica dioica), an herbaceous plant who belong to the family of the Urticacae. Thanks to his great resistance to pathogens and his urticating features the plant doesn’t need any kind of herbicides and anti-parasitic products.
Every single part of the Nettle is used: the fibers are obtained by the bark, the inner part is used to produce cellulose for extremely precious paper, the leaves are used for their nutritious features.
It’s long, shiny and with a uniform look, the Nettle fiber is very researched, it’s brilliant and resistant like silk, and it can generate robust and thin yarns at the same time.
The Nettle fiber can have various function depending by its torsion process, it can be worked to have similar features to both cotton or wool as well, this fiber is also 100% biodegradable and it’s features get better during the times.
There are various sources who witness its uses in ancient times since the Bronze Age. It’s been used from Ancient Rome to the Napoleonic Era. This vegetal fiber has been neglected for a long time, and has been restored in the first postwar period. Before the ultra commercialization of the cotton, this fiber was very developed and used in Germany and Finland, Austria and Italy as well.