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'Eco-Vastra' fabric to cure several diseases
Feb '13
Eco-Vastra, a range of organic cotton fabrics dyed using medical herbs and plants, could cure several diseases by strengthening the skin’s ability to block and resist harmful substances. The Eco-Vastra fabric is developed by Eco Green Unit, a service trust of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University located in southern part of India.
Speaking to fibre2fashion, project director of Eco Green Unit, Mr. SK Babu said, “Eco-Vastra is made using an ancient technique of dyeing textiles using medicinal herbs and plants.”
“The skin absorbs the herbs used in the Eco-Vastra fabric which releases their medical qualities in the body and strengthens the skin’s ability to block and resist harmful substances,” he informs.
According to him, around 200 herbs are used for making various types of Eco-Vastra. “The roots, flowers, leaves, seeds and barks are used to make herbal dyes and each dye combination will contain 40-60 specifically blended and carefully prepared medicinal herbs and plants,” he adds.
“The entire process of making Eco-Vastra fabric starts with hand loomed pure organic cotton, which passes through several stages of treatment. No chemical additives and no machine processing is involved in the making of Eco-Vastra,” he informs.
He further mentions, “The technology for making the herbal fabric is also used for making coir mats, mattresses, door mats and carpets out of bamboo, jute and silk.” 
Around 200 weavers and tribals are involved in the Eco Green project and some of the rare herbs used for herbal dying are procured from the Western Ghats by the tribal community.
Eco Green Unit is trying to create awareness among the people about Eco-Vastra and the unit is also planning to sell this product in the market. 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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