A nettle plant. A nettle plant.

Nettle bast fibre is obtained from the stem of several different species of nettle plants of the family of the Urticaceae. There are many different types of nettle, especially those of the genus Urtica, that can be used for making a thread. Urtica dioica and Urtica urena, for example, were used in Europe for making ‘nettle cloth'. Ramie, another bast fibre, is also of the Urticaceae family, but from the genus Boehmeria.

Source: TORTORA, Phyllis G. and Ingrid JOHNSON (2014). The Fairchild Books: Dictionary of Textiles, 8th edition, London: Bloomsbury, p. 413.

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