Cellulose fibres are produced from plants. Probably the most well known plant based fibres are cotton, flax, hemp and viscose. There have been many more plant based fibres available to fibre artists in recent years, with bamboo, banana and ramie being very popular, readily available and inexpensive. Fibres like cotton, banana, flax, hemp and ramie are produced directly from the plant, whereas fibres like bamboo, viscose, seacell and rose fibre are ‘regenerated’, that is, they are broken down to the cellulose of the plant and the fibre is manufactured from that. They are often referred to as ‘semi-synthetic’. All cellulose based fibres can be dyed with fibre reactive dyes whether they are more natural ones or regenerated.
Please visit our Plant Based Fibers Gallery.