As with Hemp, there is a lengthy process to turn the plant into a fibre: the outer bark is stripped away from the fibre by the teeth of village men and then boiled in a wood ash broth for 4 – 5 hours. It is then rinsed off and soaked in white clay for around 2 weeks – without this clay the raw fibre would not separate into the strings needed for spinning. Village women perform the spinning by hand and onto a stick, often while on the move. The fibre is then woven into delicate shawls and scarves using a traditional backstrap loom.