This is our supply of Asa (bast) Fiber imported to us from Kyoto, Japan.
Natural bast fiber was used in textile in the ancient times.
Bast fibers are collected from the outer cell layers of the plant’s stem. These fibers are used for durable yarn and fabric. Examples are flax, hemp, ramie, rattan, and vine fibers.
The first picture shows 1 kilo each, Aoso (natural ramie), Mapi (natural outerbark of ramie) & Asao (natural hemp)
By hand we will be turning the bast fibers into threads to create our unique artist throws.
The lower picture is how I start to split Aoso (natural ramie) Fiber.
After splitting the fiber, they will be joined together and spun into threads.