Milkweed yarn

Made by an expert weaver from Europe who came to live on the rez as a water protector while the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Camp was still active.

This yarn is made from the fibrous stems of the plant (not the silk in the seedpods). It’s very strong, and also pretty soft.

I haven’t tried making this myself, so I can’t give a firsthand report — but I’ve been cautioned that the milkweed sap can be caustic. I was advised that it’s best to wait until the stems are dry before starting to turn it into cordage.

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