Weaving fibres

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Have you ever wondered what fibres in your garden are suitable for weaving?

Below is a short list of plants with fibre suitable for weaving applications:

Palms: Inflorescence, bracts and leaf sheaths of Piccabeen, Alexandra and other palm varieties.

Raffia, Raphia farinifera
Fibrous inner matter of the palm fronds.

Banana leaf sheaths, Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana

Coconut husk and leaf, Cocos nucifera

Yukka leaf fibres, Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae

Ponytail Palm leaves, Beaucarnea recurvata (Mexico)

Cabbage tree leaves, Cordyline Australis, (NZ)
It provided durable fibre for textiles, anchor ropes, fishing lines, baskets, waterproof rain capes and cloaks, and sandals.

Daylily leaves, Hemerocallis, (North America, South America, Caribbean)

New Zealand Flax leaf fibre, Phormium tenax and Phormium cookianum, (NZ)

Couch grass, Elymus repens

Philodendron leaf sheaths, Philodendron bipinnatifidum, (South America)

Red Hot Poker leaves, Kniphofia uvaria, (Cape Province, South Africa)

Norfolk pine needles, Araucaria heterophylla, (Norfolk Island, Pacific)

English Lavender stems, Lamiaceae, (Asia)

Sweet Corn sheaths, Family: Poaceae Subfamily: Panicoideae

Jackaranda leaf stems, Bignoniaceae, (South America, Central America, Mexico)

Dodder, Cuscuta

Vines from vegetable plants – climbing beans, chokos, cucumbers, melons, peas, pumpkins, etc

Weed vines:

“Archie”, Archer Axilaris

Morning Glory, Convolvulaceae

Dutchman’s pipe, Aristolochiaceae

Cat’s claw creeper, Macfadyena unguis-cati


Piccabeen palm, Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Screw pine leaves, Pandanus Tectorius

Mat rush leaves, Lomandra longifolia

Flax Lily leaves, Dianella Longifolia

Swamp paperbark, Melaleuca Ericifolia

Eucalyptus stems

Kangaroo paw, Anigozanthos

Bulrush or cumbungi, Typha species

River club-rush – Schoenoplestus Validus

Tall spike-rush – Eleocharis sphacelata

Pale rush –  Juncus Pallidus

Hairy milk vine, Marsdenia Flavescens

Lawyer cane, Calamus Australis



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