Fibres from the Himalayan giant nettle (Girardinia diversifolia), locally known as allo, have been extracted for use in Nepal for hundreds of years - this extraction and use continues till today. Because of its size the allo plant is also referred to as hati sisnu, or elephant nettle. The bark fibre has been extracted, spun and woven for centuries by the Magars, Tamangs, Gurungs, the nomadic Rautye, and especially the Rais. This most unusual of form of textile has been used for ropes, sacks, bags, head bands, mats, fishing nets, and clothing for as long as anyone can remember.
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