It was July 2017 when I saw a comment on some online conversation how it its possible to make yarn out of The Stinging nettle. Currently there is an online store for fabrics and selected finished products made from those special fabrics.
Knokkon works closely with a Finnish weaving mill, and I buy their production capacity. I have already sold meter fabrics to Finnish and to Japanese and South Korean clothing factories
The Stinging nettle is an ancient bast fibre whose silky-fine fibres were used in royal garments and sheets. Cower, more easily generated fibres are ideal for bags and fishing nets. They could be dismantled and remade into a second product, that is, fibre was highly valued.
The Stinging nettle (urtica dioica), has some relative plants, which are all commonly referred to as nettle. Knokkon only uses the European Stinging nettle which is the most common type of nettle in Europe, and whose fibre content and qualities are exquisite.
In history, The Stinging nettle is a great challenger for oils based fabrics a s well as to regular cotton. Oil based fabrics release microplastics and regular cotton consumes lots of water and harmful chemicals. It is possible to ecologically cultivate nettles. The nettle fibre is silky, durable and the most breathable natural fibre. The nettle deserves to be closer to skin as it used to be widely used back in the days.
There is also hemp fibre in some Knokkon products which is also produced ecofriendly. Nettle and hemp grow without irrigation, pesticides and herbicides. In Germany there is invented a mechanical method to decorticate the fibres from nettle and hemp.
Knokkon uses German and fibre hemp in its products, as well as Turkish cotton. Transport distances can be kept short by acquiring materials as close as possible. The material is imported in large quantities at a time and the production is ecological and responsible. The least strenuous option is sought in all activities. Fabrics are weaved in Finland and selected finished products are sewn in Finland.