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Banana Fabric Shirt Dress Hand-Dyed with Organic Dye

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Banana fabric is a beautiful, ethical, eco-friendly, animal-free, organic fabric made from the stalk of the banana plant; with almost a negligible impact to the environment.

 

Origins of the Banana Fabric:

As unique as it sounds, it’s not a new idea. The textile has been used in Southeast Asia and Japan since the 13th century. The Philippines is said to be one of the first countries that saw the textile potential of the banana fiber. Being a native to countless banana trees and also housing all the remains of banana stems after the fruit is cut away for consumer use, the indigenous people converted to organic fabric what would otherwise be a waste product. Now India is one of the biggest producers and exporters of the banana fabric with 28.4 million tonnes per year. So for zy-lk as a sustainable fashion brand, this is a core part of our collections as a local source, reducing the amount of carbon footprint generated. 

 

It’s an Organic Fabric:

Banana fabric has made a well-deserved green name for itself having one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly of production processes. The banana fiber manufacturing process is similar to that of bamboo, linen and hemp. The banana fiber is turned to banana fabric in a step-by-step process of spinning, dyeing (if applicable) and weaving by local weavers who carry on these intensive hands-on skills taught by their preceding generations. The Indian manufacturers focus extensively on organic practises and since they are often grown in small farms on tropical locations, free from pesticides and fertilisers, making them the most ethical and organic fabric.

 

The Banana Fiber Production:

The fiber material that makes up this organic fabric has the sheen of silk because it’s as light and shiny due to the inner fine strands of the stalk that replicate the hand-feel of soft silk. This hand-feel depends on the variety of stalk that the fiber is derived from, which goes on to define the type of fabric produced. If you peel open a banana stalk, you’ll see that there are thin strands in the inner layers surrounded by thick coarse outer strands. For clothing fabrics, the thinner strands are processed into yarns while the outer strands are used for coarse count applications like mats, handbags, basket weaving, etc. The high-quality banana fiber procured from the inner lining is generally quite expensive as the production process is more labour intensive with the banana fiber being delicate and silk-like to handle. On the contrary, the outer lining fabric is usually cheaper as it is processed using crude methods.

 

Properties of Banana Fabric:

The banana fabric displays high fabric breathability and moisture-wicking abilities for a no-plastic, organic fabric. Its heat retention abilities are low so it is advised to be careful during dyeing and ironing of the garment. On another plus note, banana fabric is not so prone to pilling or bubbling so the texture of the fabric remains intact.

 

Check out our Mauza Shirtdress made from silky soft, checked-weave banana fabric, dipped into organic dyes to bring out the natural essence of organic fabrics. Now this is an exotic, vegan option that your sustainable wardrobe is going to go bananas for.