Today’s shipment from one of our European felting and spinning suppliers included Mulberry Bark and Mulberry Skeleton Leaves. These are terrific for felting, papermaking, scrapbooking or whatever creative uses great minds out there conjure up for them.
They are unlike any other product we carry, and it’s always fun to dig into where things like this come from and how they have been used. We’ll be taking the silk, yarn, bark and other new products from this shipment to Vancouver for Fibres West in a couple of days and will list whatever we have left on our Online Store when we return on Monday. Stay tuned.
The fascination with and use of Mulberry Bark goes back a very, very long way. In fact, early Chinese paper makers and herbalists as well as hat makers and clothiers used mulberry bark going back to at least the 3rd century. Herbalists continue to use it for many ailments including wound healing, coughs, swelling and asthma.
This is genuine inner bark from the Asian Mulberry Tree. We have Mulberry Bark in both a selection of hand painted colours and bleached, ready for use as is or for dyeing to your specifications. The bark is stiff and solid, but it softens nicely when wet. It can be shaped and will retain the shape when dried. It can also be pulled and stretched when wet. Just think of the possibilities! The leaves are so delicate looking but can be easily incorporated into fibre projects.
We love feedback! Have you used Mulberry Bark and the Skeleton Leaves? What do you think of them? If you use them, which do you prefer, the dyed or bleached?
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