Nettle Fiber Used for High End Fashion & Protection from Magic in the Bronze Age

Nettle Fiber Used for High End Fashion & Protection from Magic in the Bronze Age

Posted by : Mary Wutz   /  

Nettle fiber is an ancient fiber with a rich history of use. Recently, nettle cloth retrieved from Denmark's richest Bronze Age Burial mound tells a fascinating story behind this plant and why it, "...could apparently compete with textiles from flax and other materials because top quality nettle fabrics are as good as raw silk." ~ Karin Margarita Frei

In addition to being coveted for its silk-like qualities, clothes made of nettle were believed to have had additional benefits – at least in the eyes of the users of the fabrics.

In traditional ancient folklore, nettles of various types were often regarded as having magical powers. They were seen as being able to protect both humans and animals from sorcery and witchcraft. What’s more, garments made of nettles were therefore sometimes seen as protecting their wearers from evil. Indeed one of Europe’s most famous folktales – the Wild Swans (written by  Hans Christian Andersen, but thought to be based on traditional folk stories) – reveals how shirts, made of nettle yarn, enabled their wearers to break a witch’s spell.

For the full article on the findings of Archaeologists from the University of Cambridge's archaeological unit, click here

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