~Coat of Many Colours


By Melvyn Kohn
October 22, 2008
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Joseph got in trouble for the coat his father wove him. Now a weaver of multi-coloured fabrics is in trouble; and not just one of many coloured fabrics, but one who uses many fibres - all eco-friendly plant fibres, so his work is not shatnel. He made it into the Guiness Book of Records for using the most number of fibres, 25 to be exact, they incuded hemp, mesta, waterweeds, hessian, banana, pineapple..yummy!
C Sekhar hails from Anakaputhur in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. He has been hit by the hard times, and I am helping him out, along with others in the British Isles Hemp and Natural Fibres Industries Association, including Bobby Pugh of The Hemp Shop - www.thehempshop.co.uk
India is well known for cotton, which is a pest plant; as noted in an earlier post, its use in Israel is a problem, as it exacerbates the depletion of the water supply, which Nathan Jafay wrote so well about in the current issue of the JC. The more we do for natural fibres, the more we do for Israel and the world as a whole - by the way, 2009 is the Year of Natural Fibres so expect to hear more about this in the future.

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