I searched the forum and only came up with two posts with "banana" in them. I grow bananas and am trying to find ways -- at home -- to create banana fiber twine or rope. So far, all the Internet searching I've done has resulted in ways to do it if you have an entire plantation. I only have a few trees. Has anyone done small-scale, by-hand harvesting and processing of banana fiber? Any directions,suggestions, or resources would be greatly appreciated.
I found a few places on Porcess banana fiber
I haven't read through them to find out if the information is good, but it is a start to give you an idea to how to process them.
http://www.ecogreenunit.org/banana.htm this is more on a piece of machinery to get the fiber
try Googling Banana fiber textiles. It's always the words, combination, and orders that will net the best results.
Yes, I'd already found all those! Most deal with larger processing than I'm planning.
Alpaca Direct sells the yarn, very slinky rayon. Once again like so many of the other "new" fibers it seems to be made with rayon process. I have not found it on the market as a fiber source yet either and have had the yarn for a year.
I have bought some skeins of banana fiber from a netshop in Denmark. It is not rayon, but a rather stiff and irregular yarn with bright colours, that I have not yet found use for. It is imported directly from Nepal to Denmark.
Ive actually discovered a direct source for Pineapple (Pina) and Banana (Abaca) Fabrics: try here:
hi cbcalsing.... i see that this post is three years old... we're trying to research on banana fibres....did you try to extract fibres from your planktain? where you successful?