C is for cordyline australis

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C is for cordyline australis

This cordyline has leaves that are amazingly strong – they can be easily split with a fingernail or needle and used as thread in a coil weave, or as a core fibre. The flatness of the leaves are conducive to flat weave experiments, but I can’t say I’ve tried that yet. Even though the fibre is strong enough to use when green, it’s best to dry the fibre -out of the elements – and then soak it overnight and wrap it in a damp towel before using. I love the linear strength of this fibre…
And yes it’s called cordyline Australis, but no, it’s not native to Australia. It’s from New Zealand. Figure that.

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