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Banana fibre could do with more textile applications
Dec '09
Banana plant is a source of high quality fibre, which is used to manufacture various products. Papers made from banana fibres have good market in 25 international countries including Europe. These papers are chemical free, and posses' eco-friendly qualities.

Apart from this, tablemats, bags, runners, coasters, and floor mats are also made from banana fibres. The latest sensation regarding this fibre is its textile applications.

In Japan, these fibres are used for making traditional dresses like kimono. Its light weight and skin friendly virtues have made it a preferential choice for summer wear. In home textile segment, this fibre finds its way in cushion covers, curtains, and table cloths.

Application potential of banana fibre is not having optimum utilization. Buyers for these fibres are also inconsistent. Extraction of fibres requires a more systematic way.

Government patronage and useful applications of this fibre would regularize the demand and enable a sturdy market for these fibre products.

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