The jute plant belongs to the Corchorus genus and is found primarily in (sub)tropical regions. Jute fiber is a glossy fiber from one of two east Indian plants, Corchorus Olitorius or Corchorus Capsularis and is grown mainly in India and Bangladesh.
Jute can be grown in less than six months and produces a high yield. Jute fiber comes from the stalk of the jute plant. By submerging the stem in running water for at least one month – retting – the stem becomes soft and the bark fiber can be removed from the stems.
Once the stems have been washed, they are left to dry for a few days, after which processing towards the end product can start.