Processing tree bark into yarn
Many outsiders found the bark-clothes uncomfortable and itchy, but to the Halivaarans, it's the reason why they've survived all of the tough winters for centuries.Bark-Yarn Spinning is the name of a long process which ultimately ends in the production of yarn made from bark-fibres. The technique first originated in Wodila'hei but later, the Halivaara learnt the technique and added their own twists to it, so that it worked with the trees in their region as well.
The History of Bark-Yarn Spinning
The technique of Bark-Yarn Spinning has been around for thousands of years, though the process has been refined immensely over the last 500 years by both the southerners and the Halivaarans.
The technique was first discovered by people living in Wodila'hei who didn't have access to wool or other clothing materials made from animals. However, they lived close to a giant forest and through the years they went from utilizing just the leaves to producing nice quality yarn and cloth from the bark.
Components of the technique
- Bark harvesting
- Bark soaking (often only in Halivaara)
- Bark beating
- Bark shredding
- Bark spinning
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From South to North
Bark-Yarn Spinning made its way from the southern continent and to the northern continent of Morlea due to the Treil. The Treil Iwachi had recently fled from persecution in The Country of Ildres and made a new home in Halivaara; a cold area with very limited ressources.
Once the Sacred Halls were build in Arcmore, they decided to build it out of sandstone, which they imported from Wodila'hei.
These merchants learnt the technique of Bark-Yarn Spinning and brought it back home with them. It has since been common to see clothes made from Bark-Yarn in both Halivaara and Wodila'hei, though the yarn has drastically different colours due to the tree species used.
The process of Bark-Yarn Making
1. Bark harvesting
The bark is first harvested from the forests, trees with high water percentage are desirable since the bark is easier to skin off then. Usually, the bark is harvested from already chopped down trees, so that there is no waste. With some tree-types, it's a longer process to get the bark off and it has to be chopped off due to being a lot tougher. This is usually what happens when you try to skin a tree in Halivaara.