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  1. Jute 'The Golden Fibre'

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

    No pesticides or fertilisers necessary for cultivation, which means it is possible to be grown by small family concerns in Bangladesh and India, usually selling through co-operatives. 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 are used for firewood, the leaves for food and the stems for fibres that are then 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. It is best kept indoors or in a dry place, it isn't suitable for exterior use. (Poly Hemp would be a better choice for outdoors)

    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 easy to care for.

    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. It is over 10 years old now, and it still looks good, the colour has changed a little to a soft grey, like a teak deck does.