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Nettle fabric is developed from the Brennessel plant and was very popular in the Middle-Ages when upper-class ladies preferred it over silk. This plant grows in almost all types of soils and it requires very little fertilization because the minerals are not leached out of the ground. Brennessel can be grown without pesticides and herbicides. The fiber is hollow and this makes it possible for nettle fabric to breathe and be insulating at the same time.
Only the fibers in the stems are used for making cloth; the leaves and the prickly needles that cause itching are not used for clothing. Cultivating nettles for textile fibers is a much more sustainable alternative to cotton, as its growth rate and low-maintenance qualities mean it requires minimal amounts of water and no pesticides.
The plant has endless uses and can be found in anything from lotions and soaps to food, tea and wine, while the matter leftover after processing the stalk is often used for animal bedding.