Europe, Himalayas, China, Japan
Despite it's stinging properties, textile fibre made from this plant are safe to wear. Long fibres are harvested from the stalks of the plant as opposed to the irritable leaves, making them pliable, easily spun into yarn and strong, stronger than linen, making it a useful fibre for blending with weaker fibres like cotton.
Nettle grows wildly and uncontrollably making it highly available and renewable without much effort, cutting down on water, pesticides, chemicals, energy, machinery and pollution. All parts of the plant can be used across the food, and textile market. It is a good temperature regulator, and can be spun and woven according to seasons, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer. Unlike hemp, the growth and cultivation of nettle doesn't face any legal issues.
Much of the nettle fabric made is processed by hand making it labour intensive. It's hand made element appreciates in quality and value.