The Nettle Dress
Credit: Dylan Howitt

The Nettle Dress

classified 12A

Please note: This was screened in Nov 2023

Dylan Howitt
Allan Brown
68 mins, 2023, UK
Primary language

Dylan Howitt spins the yarn of textile artist Allan Brown's seven year journey to make a dress by hand just from the fibre of locally foraged stinging nettles. It’s how Allan survives the passing of his wife, leaving him and their four children bereft, and how he finds a beautiful way to honour her.

Howitt's film follows Allan's journey through seasons and years, before finally sharing a healing vision of a dress returned to the woods where the nettles were picked, worn by one of his daughters.

A labour of love in the truest sense, The Nettle Dress is a modern-day fairytale and hymn to the healing power of nature and slow craft.

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