Jute fibre has some unique physical properties like high tenacity, bulkiness, sound & heat insulation property, low thermal conductivity, antistatic property etc. Due to these qualities, jute fibre is more suited for the manufacture of technical textiles in certain specific areas. Moreover, the image of jute as a hard and unattractive fibre does not affect its usage in technical textiles.

Jute is 100% bio-degradable and thus environment- friendly. It is available in India at competitive prices. Now it is not just a major textile fibre, but also a raw material for non- textile products, which helps to protect environment, which is an integral part of any development planning.

Jute fibers are always known as strong, coarse, environment friendly, and organic. The use of jute was primarily confined to marginal and small manufacturers and growers, but now it is used as important raw materials for several industries. It is unfortunate that jute still lags behind other fibers like silk, wool, and cotton. However at present time, jute is termed as a favorite fabric for packaging materials and furnishings and as golden fibers for national and international fashion world. Jute fibers are used for making mats, gunny cloth, cordage, hangings, paper, and decorative articles. Prevalent uses of jute in handicraft stuff, in order to give an aesthetic appeal, have made it popular across the globe.

Originally published in the Textile Review, April, 2012