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Jute clothes: what you should know about this sustainable fibre
14 July 2021

Jute clothes: everything on the sustainable fibre that looks like canvas

100% natural fibre, perfect for many different processes: jute seems to be the solution for the future. Here is what you should know

It originates from the Malvaceae family, the same as for canvas and linen; jute - also called chorchorus - is a 100% natural, sustainable, biodegradable and even recyclable fibre. It is mainly produced in Bangladesh and India, although it can also be found in China, Thailand and Nepal. It can be spun in coarse and resistant threads, and this is why it is used in many business sectors, for many different uses.

What is jute and how is it cultivated

Jute is one of the best fibres on the market; it features bright golden reflections and for this reason it is also called the “golden fibre”. It has a rigid, coarse and very resistant thread. For this reason, many jute garments are gently embroidered by hand or crocheted to turn the golden thread into bags, hats, dresses and even tapestry accessories.

The benefits of jute fabrics are evident: this fibre is completely biodegradable and features antistatic and insulating properties. At the same time, it has a low thermal conductivity and a moderate humidity retention, making it highly hygroscopic.

Jute garments are long-lasting also thanks to their tensile strength and low extensibility coefficient.

Jute fibre cultivations are sustainable and completely green: every hectare produced consumes tons of carbon dioxide and releases the same amount of oxygen. Jute plants do not require fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and they grow fast and spontaneously, without any chemical support. In addition, jute cultivations improve the quality of the soil, reintegrating nutrients and reducing the risk of parasites in the areas nearby.

Jute clothes, what you should know

Jute is employed to create fashionable and sustainable garments within the range of natural fibre apparel. It is often used to make bags, shoes and fashion accessories.

In order to make fine quality garments, it is used in combination with pure cotton and other natural fabrics to make them soft, light and breathable. It is not unusual to find hand-embroidered jute garments.

How should I wash a jute garment?

Jute, just like kapok, the fibre of the future is very fine, and washing delicate garments in your washing machine requires special attention. Jute can be washed easily in the washing machine by remembering to set a cold wash program and, possibly, turning off the spin cycle. Use a gentle detergent, and, once the wash cycle is over, remember to dry jute outside, and not in the drier.

To remove stains, soak it in water for a few hours with a neutral detergent, then dry it with two cloth towels before air drying it.

Jute’s story will surely be useful to purchase fashionable fine garments!