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NHHDC's 'Special Handloom Expo' begins in Dimapur
Sep '11
Nagaland Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation (NHHDC) Ltd, in association with the Union Ministry of Textiles, has organized 'Special Handloom Expo' in Dimapur.

Around 45 self Help Groups (SHGs) and societies having expertise in local and traditional Naga crafts are displaying their goods at the expo.

A special attraction at the expo is the technique of fibre extraction from leaves of pineapple plant and banana stems. The fibre extraction technique has been developed by NHHDC, together with the Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), Medziphema.

The fibre is extracted mostly from the plants that are discarded after harvest, and it proves to be a good source for production of textiles with multi-use applications.

Hokiye Yeputhomi, Managing Director of NHHDC, stated that it was the first instance where they were making a public display of the technique meant to be useful for the farmers.

CIH is already active on the front of presenting the value addition techniques to cultivators, Mr. Yeputhomi said.

Unless the farmers recognize the demand, they would not engage in crop cultivation and hence the NHHDC looks forward to get in touch with the farmers to acquaint and motivate them, he explained.

Dr. Arvind Singh, Assistant Horticulture Specialist, said India leads the world in banana production and that as per the estimates around 2.2 metric tons of fibre could be extracted from the crop disposed off after harvesting. This, he said, could generate a turnover of Rs. 56 million per annum.

Banana fibre is an organic fibre with great strength and can easily be used with cotton or other manmade fibres to prepare blended textiles and fabrics. Low grade banana fibres can be used to produce tea bags.

In addition, banana fibre also finds utility in production of items like high quality security and currency paper, packing material for agriculture crops, wet drilling cables and ship towing ropes.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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