Banana fiber is a natural fiber with high strength, which can be blended easily with cotton fiber or other synthetic fibers to produce blended fabric & textiles. Banana Fiber also finds use in high-quality security/ currency paper, packing cloth for agriculture produce, ships towing ropes, wet drilling cables etc.
Banana fiber, a lignocellulosic fiber, obtained from the pseudo-stem of banana plant (Musa sepientum), is a bast fiber with relatively good mechanical properties.
Plant fibers are sclerenchymatous cells with heavily lignified cell walls having a narrow lumen in cross section. Fiber cells are dead at maturity and serve as a support tissue.
Natural fibers possess several advantages over synthetic fibers such as low density, appropriate stiffness and mechanical properties and also high disposability and renewability. Also, they are recyclable and biodegradable.
Banana fibers can be used for various purposes such as in textile, paper or handicrafts industry. Banana paper is versatile as it is waterproof and stronger than wood-pulp paper, meaning it can be used in packaging and even as a basis for building materials.