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The Nettle Dress

Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand, using only the fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles. This is “hedgerow couture,” the greenest of slow fashion. It’s also the medicine that helps him survive the death of his wife, which leaves him and their four children bereft, and how he finds a beautiful way to honour her. ”Grasping the Nettle” is at the heart of it. Making a dress this way becomes devotional, with every thread representing hours of loving attention. Over the course of seven years, Allan is transformed by the process as much as the nettles are. The challenge of making zero carbon clothing means re-learning ancient crafts: foraging, spinning, weaving, cutting, and sewing. Finally the dress is worn by one of his daughters, back in the woods where the nettles were picked. A modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft. “Exquisite and inspiring, beautiful and helpful for anyone suffering loss or grief.” –Sir Mark Rylance
DIRECTOR(S): Dylan Howitt

Presented in Multiple Parts

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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 68 Minutes