However, no animal-product string survives, whereas direct evidence does exist for the use of twisted bast fibre.
The use of tree bast to make string and clothing is widespread in the ethnographic record and indeed bast fibre is still used widely today to manufacture cordage, flora plants such as jute, hemp and flax.
The manufacturing sequence of making string from bast fibre remains, even though it is now industralised, in essence the same as when it was first developed.
The authors would like to express their gratitude to Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP) for supplying the finest quality of kenaf bast fibre
It then moves on to discuss the major fibre types, including bast fibres, alginates, cellulose and speciality biodegradable fibres, such as lyocell, poly(lactic acid) and poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s.
Discusses the major fibre types, inlcuding bast fibres
Bast fibres (flax, hemp, jute, ramie, kenaf, abaca)
Structural features of the pectic polysaccharides isolated from retted hemp bast fibres
, Carbohydrate research, 296: 249-260.
Bast fibres have many textile applications, with natural fibre composites being the fastest growing due to the combination of their relatively low cost and excellent technical characteristics.
Looks at environmental advantages of bast fibres over synthetic fibres