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  1. Jute 'The Golden Fibre'


    Jute is a fantastic fibre, sustainable, 100% bio-degradable and recyclable.

    No pesticides or fertilisers necessary, which means it is possible to be grown by small family concerns in Bangladesh and India. It can be planted quickly in flooded areas, such as the Bengal and Ganges deltas, and harvested in 4 to 6 months.

    The coarse outer fibres can be used for firewood, the leaves for food and the stems for fibres that are used to make rope, hessian or burlap cloth and many yet to be discovered uses.

    Being a natural plant fibre, Jute is affected by its environment. It will shrink a little when damp or wet conditions and will loosen when dry.

    Jute is best kept clean by vacuuming. It is possible to wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge, and leave to dry naturally. 

    Our mats should be reshaped gently and left to dry flat.

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    Poly Hemp is a lot easier to care for than natural hemp.

    It is used on classic boats as it looks traditional without  the attention that the old natural ropes needed. It is soft to handle as well as very strong and hard wearing.

    Vacuuming regularly is best, but if it needs washing , wash gently by hand with a mild detergent, do not scrub, then rinse well. If you have a poly hemp mat or bowl, leave it to dry naturally, carefully retaining its shape. 

    It is UV resistant and rot resistant. It is not affected by environmental conditions.

    We found out that this rope floats after our Ocean Plait Mat disappeared one night during a severe storm. Over a week later a friend returned it to us after they found it in a corner of the harbour! Luckily she recognised it ours. After a rinse it looked no worse for the journey.