Plants for dyeing and making of textiles

Kenaf, cotton and nettle have been planted in the two flowerbeds in front of the Old Orangery. Textile fibres are in different parts of the different plants. When fibres have been produced, they can be twisted into rope, yarn and threads, which in turn may become fabric.

Kenaf Hibiscus cannabinus

Kenaf is an annual, fast growing herb. It originates from tropical Africa to South Africa. Kenaf reached the European market in the early 1900s under the name Bimlipatam jute.

Kenaf is used for rope, bags and sails. Kenaf has proven to be a very good substitute for wood pulp in papermaking. The paper is of very high quality - white, strong and fine.

Photo: Mia Olvång