The Wild Foodies of Philly
   In search of the food beneath our feet!

 




NATURAL FIBER SOURCES
:   CLOTH - PAPER TWINE / ROPE BASKETS

 

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fiber_plants

        http://www.pfaf.org/user/cmspage.aspx?pageid=48

        http://www.eattheweeds.com/category/uses/cordage/

        http://www.primitiveways.com/cordage_in_North_America.html GREAT LIST!
 


CLOTH

 

        flax

        stinging nettle

        kudzu

        paper mulberry

        hemp

        cotton (not local)

        mallow, velvet leaf http://www.eattheweeds.com/velvet-leaf-fiber-and-food/ & http://www.larkspurbooks.com/malvac1.html

        water hyacinth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eichhornia_crassipes#Other_uses


PAPER

http://newsletter.handpapermaking.org/beginner/beg24.htm

 

        milkweed

        paper mulberry

        cattails

        reed / phragmite

        wheat straw

        kudzu

        hops

        hemp

        water hyacinth (limited use)

 


TWINE / ROPE / CORDAGE

GREAT LIST - http://www.primitiveways.com/cordage_in_North_America.html
 

Also: http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/survival-guru/How-do-you-make-a-plant-fiber-rope-in-the-wild.html

  • thistle

  • dogbane

  • hemp

  • cedar bark

  • basswood bark

  • inner bark of hickory

  • cattails

  • milkweed

  • dogbane

  •  moosewood (leatherwood)

  • yucca

  • paper mulberry

  • mallow, velvet leaf

  • water hyacinth

 


BASKETS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basket_weaving

 

TREES:

        oak

        hickory

        willow (coppiced)

        hazel

        cedar roots and bark

 

VINES:

        water hyacinth

        kudzu

        bittersweet

        grapevine

        honeysuckle

        wisteria

        smokevine

        English ivy

        Boston ivy
 

PLANTS:

        yucca

        sweetgrass

        bamboo

        nettle

        iris

        cattail

        reed / phragmite (also thatched roofs)

 

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