Handspun JungleVine® Fiber is ideal for fiber artists seeking a beautiful, unique, 100% natural, rare, super-strong fiber. It is a light golden earthy color with a silk-like sheer. Use Handspun JungleVine® Fiber in textile arts such as crochet, macramé, and weaving. It is easy to wind into a ball. It can be a bit more difficult to use than yarns, but the extra effort is more than worth it because of the luxuriant natural character and glossy sheen of finished products.
JungleVine® Fiber comes from the plant Pueraria phaseloides, a relative of kudzu vine. JungleVine® grows rapidly without any agricultural inputs -- no cultivation, irrigation, or chemicals. The indigenous Khmu people in northern Laos gather the vine stems, strip the pulp from the fibers, lay them out to dry in the sun, and then spin the fiber by hand. When harvesting the vine, they always leave enough of the plant behind so that it can re-grow rapidly. Learn more about the vine here.
JungleVine® Fiber is remarkably eco-friendly -- even Better than Hemp! Read more about the comparison here. JungleVine® products are also a socially responsible purchase, as the sales directly benefit the artisans who handmake everything.
Raw Fiber coming soon! Raw, un-spun JungleVine® fiber. This is the white ribbons of raw bast fiber as it is when artisans scrape the pulp from the vine stems. It resembles rafia fibers. We've had fiber artists requesting raw fiber and now the Khmu artisans in Laos have agreed to provide it. Expected to arrive late summer 2022; check back for updates.
50 grams (1.76 oz.) is approx. 123 meters (135 yards)
100 grams (3.5 oz.) is approx. 246 meters (269 yards)
Natural JungleVine® Fiber is undyed. Soa JungleVine® Fiber is dyed with black dye. Soa is the Lao word for "dark" and we use it to describe a mix of dark shades. Due to variation in the vines, time of year the vines are harvested, and dye processes, Soa ranges from very dark blue-black, to shades of gray, to coppery brown in color.
You support indigenous Khmu communities when you buy Nature Bag products.
Your purchase directly benefits the Khmu artisans in remote Lao villages who hand-craft JungleVine® products. They use fiber from a vine that grows without any agricultural inputs. JungleVine® products are genuinely eco-friendly and 100% sustainable.