Fiber extraction was mostly done by hand. The plant which is harvested in the month of August is then dried and soaked in water for a couple of days. After which it is twisted, sun-dried, and then softened by beating and spun. After the spinning is done, the thread is then boiled in a mixture of water and wood ash, then it is washed severely. This process is time-consuming and very tiring.
All the steps of making hemp yarns, from sowing seeds, through the many stages of fiber processing, to spinning and weaving the yarn, are still performed mainly by women. Grown naturally without pesticides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers the plant's fibrous portion is teased out, twisted, sun dried, beaten with a wooden stick (to soften it) and finally spun. After spinning, the thread is boiled with water and wood ash and rinsed many times.