Hand knitted shawls made from the giant Himalayan nettle
by Indian Artisan
Hand knitted shawls made from the giant Himalayan nettle S_159 and S_160
The GIANT HIMALAYAN NETTLE grows wild in the Himalayas of northern India, on the border between Tibet and Nepal - one of the most beautiful and untouched areas of India. From there you can see the five snow-covered peaks of the Panchachuli mountain range one of the highest in India.
The nettle boasts the longest fibres in the plant kingdom producing exceptionally strong, hard-wearing but soft products. The processing of the nettle bark into yarn is a complicated process: first the nettle is foraged in the forests where it grows wild; the fibres are boiled, beaten to a pulp, bleached with chalk and then soaked. Then they have to be washed before they can be further processed to make the fine thread which is then hand knitted into beautiful shawls.
The nettle is a sustainable and ecological source of textile: it grows uncultivated, does require the use of fertilizers nor does it's harvesting contribute to deforestation. We paid a fair price to the weavers.
The shawls have a slightly rough texture when new, but the nettle yarn becomes softer with every use and washing. Mandalas are hand painted on every label.
Measuring 216cm x 83cm these lacy shawls are ideal for warmer months.
Read more about the makers and the giant Himalayan nettle here
10% OF THE SALE PRICE OF THIS SHAWL GOES TO SOMEONE IN NEED