Our focus is on discovering new uses for invasive plants or city green waste that have bast fibre potential as well as reconnecting with traditional First Nation and settler cloth techniques from processing known fibre plants.
Plants of interest include:
Fireweed (fluff and stock, traditionally used)
Stinging Nettle (traditionally used)
Bullrush Heads (traditionally used)
Himalayan Blackberry (invasive foraging)
Purple Loose Strife (invasive foraging)
Milkweed (planted crop)
Flax (planted crop)
New Zealand Flax (ornamental bedding plant green waste)
Experiments in blending fibres in various combinations, identifying the harvest window and best processing methods for each plant will be a part of this ongoing research.