As a fiber, jute is biodegradable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years) and compostable. In other words, disposing of jute does not come with a huge environmental impact. Jute scraps in compost continue the jute’s sustainability feature, as we use compost for land organic fertilization.
While currently unexploited, the wooden core of the jute plant has the potential of satisfying most of the world’s needs in terms of wood. We could further research and use the core of the jute plant to put a stop to deforestations.
Texture is an important element to consider visually, as you can certainly add interest to a piece by adding some fun fiber with texture. You may also want to consider the way the fiber feels to work with, especially if you're knotting up something large - a fiber like jute looks great but can be a little rough on the hands. Not to worry though, thankfully gloves are good way to save your hands when working with a rough textured fiber.
COTTON is fantastic to work with and so versatile, can be used for practically any project. It is easy on the hands, soft to the touch, and comes in multiple sizes and textures.JUTE is a sturdy, natural fiber with nice texture and color. It is rough and scratchy, but a good utilitarian fiber that looks lovely knotted up.
The cultivation of jute requires a warm and humid climate, plenty of rainfall, and well-drained, loamy soils. The interesting thing about growing jute is that it hardly needs fertilizers and pesticides. After the stems are harvested from the plant, they are subjected to ‘retting’, wherein they are steeped into slow running water for 10 to 30 days in order to allow for bacteria to dissolve the gummy materials holding the fibres together. After this, the non-fibrous matter of jute is scraped off in a process called ‘stripping’, and then the fibres are separated by beating the stem with a paddle.