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The story behind jute natural rug fibres

by Madelein
The story behind jute natural rug fibres

Natural fibre rugs have universal appeal and timeless elegance. A large percentage of handmade rugs use Jute as the principal fibre. It has affordable price points, all weather appeal and the eco-friendly fibre is available in a wide variety of weaves, colours and textures. Here is a visual story of how jute fibres are made:

Retting
A tied bundle of jute stalks is soaked in water to achieve soft, loose jute fibres.

Stripping
This is a process that extracts the jute fibres from the wood stalk.

Washing
Extracted jute fibres are then washed in clean water.

Drying
After squeezing out excess water, the fibres are hung on bamboo railings for sun drying for 2-3 days.

Bailing and packing
The jute fibres are graded into top, middle, B, C and X (bottom) categories. Once graded, they are packed into Kutcha bales that weigh about 250 pounds.

Portability
The jute fibres are packed into rolls for easy portability.

Transportation
The jute rolls are then transported from the village to the market or directly to jute mills.

Making of the rug
The natural jute fibres are then used to make organic rugs.

For more information, contact The Rug Republic via therugrepublic.in.

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