Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Home textile products from fibres of water lily
Home textile products from fibres of water lily
Apr '09
The Philippine textile research sector has been conducting research on various fibres derived from fruits, vegetables and flowers and has met with success in the last few decades. The R&D sector for instance has been able to find commercial application for the fibre of abaca, pineapple and banana as raw materials for tropical fabrics.

Now it is turn of the humble water lily which grows in slush waters. Fibre of the water lily is now being exploited to turn them in to textile products. Scientists at the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) have devised a way to spin the yarn of the water lily fibre despite the fact that it is not suitable for spinning purposes.

Water lilies are growing in abundance in the lakes and water bodies adorning Philippine, infact their growth has started to become a menace for the water bodies and this research will help in making use of these flowers as well as provide employment to the poorer sections of the society in those regions with abundant lily growth.

Fibre2fashion spoke to Marites S. de Leon, Senior Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Textile Research Institute to understand more about this wonderful development. She said, “The utilization of water lily or water hyacinth as raw material for textile manufacture would not only help in reducing the environmental problems posed by the plants but also generate employment opportunities for the people in various phases of fiber and textile production”..

She added by saying, “PTRI is planning to launch products from the three fibers by the end of the year. Water Lily produces coarse fiber with high gum content, which makes it unsuitable for yarn production. However, through pre-treatment of the fibre, we were able to convert the fibers into spinning yarn and produced spun yarns with either polyester or cotton blends. The developed yarns are suitable for weaving into fabrics intended for apparels and home-textiles”.

PTRI is conducting research and development on many more applications of the fibre from the water lily which could provide livelihood to the poorer sections of society and handicraft workers in particular, in utilizing water lily for producing hand woven product like slippers, handicrafts, and placemats.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 21st Oct 2016

China’s garment retail sales grow 7.2% in Jan-Sept ’16

Retail sales of garments, footwear, hats and knitwear of Chinese...

Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), signing MoU with Tang from Suzhou Tianyuan Garments company. Courtesy: Government of Arkansas

Apparel/Garments | On 21st Oct 2016

Suzhou Tianyuan to open $20 mn garment factory in US

Suzhou Tianyuan Garments company, a Chinese manufacturer of casual...

Textiles | On 21st Oct 2016

Pakistan’s textile exports fall 5.96% y-o-y in Q1 FY17

The value of textile and garment exports made by Pakistan decreased...

Interviews View All

Anshul Sood

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Nitin Soni
Dolphin Jingwei Machines

Taxation policies need to be made simpler

Sunil Kumar Sharma
Loknayak JPNSSSG Ltd

'The blend of cotton–linen yarn has high demand in the domestic and...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

October 2016

October 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Advanced Search