Making of Banana fibre
A number of clusters (consisting of women artisans) in different villages (mainly in Karnataka, India) are involved in the making of Banana fibre fabric.
Raw material : Once the fruits are harvested, the bark from the banana trees are collected from different villages and brought to the workshop.
- The bark turns into fibre in the hands of the highly experienced artisans.
- The fibre is made into yarn using the spinning wheel.
- This yarn is then hand-woven or hand loomed on the traditional loom to make the banana fibre fabric.
- At times, while looming, other natural fibres like river grass, hibiscus etc are used to give a different look and texture to the fabric.
- Mostly cotton threads of varied colours are used as warp.
The entire process is handmade thereby giving a unique design to the products made from it. It is extremely rigorous and labour intensive
Weaving/looming banana fibre fabric is time-consuming and needs a lot of skill. It’s easy to make numerous products in a day in a mechanised industry but, it takes many days of meticulous effort to create handmade & hand loomed banana fibre products.