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115 yds Handspun Recycled Banana Fiber Yarn, Fair Trade, 170 grams, 6 oz

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This hank of premium handspun space-dyed recycled banana fiber yarn weighs about 170 grams (6 ounces) and is about 115 yards. You will receive the exact skein shown in the photos. The 3rd photo shows the reverse side of the same skein, with a penny for scale.

Recycled banana fiber yarn is similar in appearance to recycled silk yarn, in fact it is often called banana silk. However, it does not contain any silk fiber – it is made from banana trees, using sustainable methods that do not harm the tree. Banana fiber is used in Nepal and India to make cheap woven fabric. This recycled yarn was made by a women’s collective in Nepal whom I've worked with for years - they collect banana fabric waste from textile factories, hand-spin it into yarn, and then dye it. Your purchase helps these women escape poverty and send their children to school.

Because it is handspun, the thickness and twist of this yarn vary slightly throughout the skein - it's a bit lumpy bumpy! There usually are a couple knots or discontinuities (loose ends) within the skein. I recommend handwashing separately in cold water with a gentle detergent; it may not be completely colorfast, especially the first time it is washed.

See my other listings for banana fiber yarn in other color combinations, as well as recycled sari silk yarn - click here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NorthcottWilson?section_id=5596925 About 2000 to 2400 grams of yarn will fit into a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box, which ships anywhere in the US, insured, for just $12.80.

Please note, the shipping fees quoted below are for USPS First Class. I can also ship by Priority Mail for a small additional fee [within the US, Priority shipping for this item would cost $4.90]. International buyers: convo me for a shipping quote if your country is not listed below, if you need Priority service, or if you'd like to purchase multiple items.

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115 yds Handspun Recycled Banana Fiber Yarn, Fair Trade, 170 grams, 6 oz