Milkweed Textiles

November 4, 2020

Fun fact! Milkweed provides strong fibers for making cord, rope, and for weaving coarse cloth. Fibers from the stems of milkweed have been identified in prehistoric textiles found in the Pueblo region, and Tewa-speaking people of the Rio Grande still use these fibers to make string and rope. At the Zuni Pueblo, the silky seed fibers are spun on a wooden spindle, made into yarn, and woven into fabric.

Milkweed provides strong fibers for making cord, rope, and for weaving coarse cloth. Fibers from the stems of milkweed have been identified in prehistoric textiles found in the Pueblo region, and Tewa-speaking people of the Rio Grande still use these fibers to make string and rope. At the Zuni Pueblo, the silky seed fibers are spun on a wooden spindle, made into yarn, and woven into fabric.

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