Kerala produces various fibres which are available in abundance, except the banana stem and fibre. The fibres are used to make a variety of products which can be used for domestic purposes and as embellishments for the interiors and exteriors. These products are durable, eco-friendly and easily available. The process of making this craft is simple and easy for production. The products are designed and weaved using various patterns to enhance the product.
The banana fibre is extracted from the banana stem.The products made from banana fibre and stem are smooth, delicate and has a good finish.The banana stem is cut, and the juice is extracted and flattened to make the stem flat for weaving. For flexibility, the banana stem is partially dried in sunlight for 2-3 days depending on the climatic conditions.The inside of the outer layer is used for weaving. It is dyed depending on the requirement.
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