The Japanese are known for growing banana for fabric since ancient times. Since they are very precise and thorough in their work, the procedure of making banana silk begins on the field. To ensure the softness of the plants they take a lot of care while planting and growing them.
The banana silk producers make use of the fiber of the trees’ shoots to produce silk. The process begins with simply the boiling of shoots in lye and the procedure of yarn-making process begins. The textile quality depends on the part of shoot which the producers use in the fabrication. The outmost layer of the trunk is pretty coarse and that makes it the strongest one as well. And hence the artisans use it for high end home (soft) furnishings, baskets, runners, bags etc. The internal part gives the most flimsy, soft and supple fibers. Due to its textural quality, skilled craftsmen use them in the making premium quality fabric for outfits.
They are grown in over 100 countries, principally for their fruit produce, and surprisingly also for making banana silk fiber. If you must know-The fiber made from the stalk of banana plants is unbelievably durable and is essentially nothing but a waste product of the bananas planted for the food production. Spun into gorgeous and lustrous silk yarns, woven into smooth and soft fabrics for interior decoration and also used as paper and packaging materials, the stringy stalks of this outsized, fruit-bearing plant propose several possibilities as a natural as well as sustainable textile and fiber material.
A proper planting site is vital for growing this tropical fruit plant. Banana plant care begins with the selection of. As mentioned already, it is a tropical plant and therefore, needs a lot of water sunlight to thrive and rich feeds of fertilizers.