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CeDeBe
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Hi All

This may be a daft question that may be common knowledge to you mother country types but here goes;

Would poplar tree seed fluff have been collected and used at all?

From the stuff I've seen and handled it's light, soft and seems like cotton. Could this have been used for stuffing in padded garments or even spun with other fibres?

Any thoughts would be appreciated, any evidence greatly welcomed!

BTW I haven't collected any so I'm not trying to justify an existing project!! :wink:

Cheers

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Post by Mark Sanderson »

Hi CeDeBe,

While the Black Poplar (Populus nigra), also known as Cottonwood in the Americas, has many uses the seed fibres are too short to be used in textiles.

However, the fibres are often used in tissue and other paper products. These fibres are treated to prevent premature decay. The fibres only have a short shelf life in their natural state.
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Post by CeDeBe »

Thanks Mark, I'd wondered about the length of the pile in the fibres!

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