Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Home textile products from fibres of water lily
Home textile products from fibres of water lily
29
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

US merchandise trade with India, 2012–16; Courtesy: USITC

Textiles | On 27th Jul 2017

India becomes US’ 9th largest trading partner in 2016

In 2016, India became the United States’ 9th-largest single-country...

Textiles | On 27th Jul 2017

GST will lead to further increase of MMF prices

The Goods & Services Tax (GST) rolled out on July 1, 2017 is not...

Textiles | On 27th Jul 2017

Global yarn production improved 30% q-o-q in Q1: ITMF

In the first quarter of 2017, global yarn production rose by almost...

Interviews View All

Divyesh Mashruwala
Akshar Industries

Surat dominates foiling, embossing and pleating

Smita Murarka
Amanté

‘There is huge demand in the Indian lingerie market for non-wired styles.’

Abhishek Samdaria
Reflete

GST will certainly reduce a lot of paperwork in future

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Larry L Kinn
Suominen Corporation

Larry L Kinn, Senior Vice President - Operations Americas of Suominen...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

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

Bani Batra

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

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

July 2017

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

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search



X