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A bast fibre obtained from the stems of Boehmeria nivea Gaud, especially the variety tenacissima belonging to the Urticaceae or nettle family. It usually reaches European markets in the form of ribbons.

also termed China Grass.

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The bast fiber produced from the Asian urticaceous shrub Boehmeria nivea or Boehmeria tenacissima. Used to also be called ‘rhea’ or ‘China grass’.

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