Nettle Fiber (Girardinea diversifolia)

Giant nettle fiber or allo in Nepali, comes from the bark of the giant nettle plant. It is also referred to as hatti sisnu or Himalayan giant nettle, due to its size. The plant has large leaves that grow up to 35cm wide, which are covered with vicious thorn like stinging hairs. They grow in all parts of Nepal at altitude between 1200-3000 meters, providing a source of food, fodder, medicine and fiber for the remote communities living there.

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CPLSUW project

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Nurturing weaving skills

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