Our kenaf fiber comes from Bangladesh. The kenaf plant, botanically known as Hibiscus cannabinus L., is related to cotton. It yields two distinct types of fiber for papermaking; Long bast fibers come from the bark, and short fat woody fibers come from the core. The combination of these long and short fibers give the finished paper a strong yet soft feel, similar to that of paper made from combining abaca and cotton. Our kenaf fiber was grown in Bangladesh. We recommend cooking it in lye, and beating it in a Hollander beater.