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Published: 21 February 2021

By Andy Ross

Lotus silk

Lotus plants have been used for centuries as food and for their beautiful flowers. Now it is becoming known as a luxury fibre. 

The stems of lotus are usually discarded however they contain sticky fibres that can be rolled together to produce a fine thread. The threads are produced and woven to make cloth in a process that takes weeks. The resulting fabric is known for its softness and slight elasticity, and is becoming known by the fashion industry as the newest natural luxury material.