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Banana Fiber Yarn Ball

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Get crafty in a unique and eco-friendly way with our banana fiber yarn!  This unique yarn is created from the trunks of banana trees in Nepal, through the outer layers of the bark being harvested and soaked in water to dissolve the chlorophyll so that only the cellulose fibers remain.  These fibers are extruded into pulp which is then spun into yarn and hand-dyed in the vibrant colors you see here.  The texture of banana yarn is similar to silk, and is often used in Nepal to make hand-knotted high-end rugs. 


Our banana yarn is strong, lightweight, and biodegradable, with a varied thickness throughout a skein that lends itself wonderfully to artistic creations with a beautiful organic look.  Because it has no stretch, this yarn is best manipulated with large-gauge knitting or crocheting needles and works best for projects with a loose weave.

approx. 50m long (55 yards)

PLACE: Nepal

We travel the world to source unique and handmade items. In Nepal, that means trekking across breathtaking mountain vistas, strolling with Tibetan Buddhist monks and sharing meals—and stories—in the warm and welcoming homes of our Nepalese friends. As we fill our stores with goods from Nepal, Nepal fills our spirits.

PURPOSE

Over the past two years, we've donated over $50,000 (all thanks to our customers!) to the dZi Foundation in order to help build earthquake-proof schools in remote Nepal.

PROCESS

Pete is proud of never bargaining the price he is given and always paying artisans for their skill and hard work. We see for ourselves how our goods are made and we work with the people who make them to keep items affordable and workshop wages fair.

PEOPLE

We forge long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with the artisans who handcraft our products. Pete and Kim have known many of our vendors for over a decade! Buying trips to workshops are chances to catch up with old friends and make new memories.


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