The Nettle Dress – COMING SOON

Screening soon in Renfrewshire as part of our Spring Film Exhibition programme.

Documentary | 68 minutes


DIRECTOR: Dylan Howett 

PRODUCER: Dylan Howett 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom 


Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand, just from the fibre of foraged stinging nettles.


Synopsis After the death of his beloved wife, textile artist Allan Brown embarks on a seven-year endeavor to weave a hand-spun dress from stinging nettles foraged in the woods surrounding his home. This is ‘hedgerow couture’, the greenest of slow fashion, but also his medicine. It’s how he survives the death of his wife that left him and their four children bereft, and how he finds a beautiful way to honour her. 

Foraging, processing, spinning, weaving, cutting and sewing. Making a dress this way becomes devotional, with every thread representing hours of loving attention. Over seven years Allan is transformed by the process just as the nettles are. 

A modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft. 



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