Ruth Slavid talks architecture

A prickly subject

Posted in furniture by ruthslavid on May 25, 2011

I would always have thought that a field of nettles was an abandoned field, but apparently they are grown commercially. Fabric company Camira, which was exhibiting at Clerkenwell Design Week, is using them in its furnishing fabrics. 

Fibres from the nettles are mixed with wool, and have natural fire-retardant and anti-microbial properties. Take up of dyes is at a different concentration from the wool, creating an attractive speckled finish. And I was relieved to learn that harvesting and gathering of fibres is all done mechanically – no stings!

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  1. s said, on June 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

    er ‘dies’??
    maybe ‘dyes’?
    see you Wednesday. a tad smugly


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