A New Natural Fibre that offers an alternative to Linen: banana fibre blended with cotton
Cotton, Linen and silk are the popular natural fibres used for apparel textiles over the centuries. These have been adapted to meet the requirements of modern-day high-volume production machinery making them the preferred choice even today. In mankind’s quest for alternative natural fibres, the production of Apparel grade yarn and fabric on a commercial scale has been one of the major stumbling blocks.
Anandi Enterprises is happy and proud to introduce Banana fibre-based yarn and fabrics. Anandi Enterprises holds a strong place in the field of sustainable fabrics and now we introduce Apparel grade Banana fibre a new natural fibre alternative to Cotton and Linen.
In the quest for new sources of natural fibre for apparel, the Banana plant holds much potential. The fibre from Banana stems has unique physical and chemical characteristics that hold the potential to make fine-quality fibre. It is lightweight, highly strong with low elongation and has good moisture absorption and release characteristics.
Anandi Enterprises has developed a commercial-scale manufacturing process that offers better fineness and spin ability in extraction and conversion to yarn and fabric. This Banana yarn and fabric produced matches Linen in its feel and texture thus making it an alternative acceptable to consumers as an apparel fabric a reality.
The adoption of Banana fibre-based apparel reduces the demand to bring more acreage under cotton farming a highly water-hungry crop. Further, it is a fabric that is biodegradable with no negative effects on the environment and is thus eco-friendly.
While the use of Banana fibre in different forms is not new, the manufacturing process developed by Anandi Enterprises enables apparel-grade fabric production at a commercially viable scale. This opens up the opportunity for India to become among the largest producers of Apparel grade Banana yarn and fabric in the world.
We are working with leading fashion designers and apparel brands to popularize the adoption of this new commercially viable eco-friendly fibre for apparel.