A study on properties of pseudostem fibers from banana fabrics
M Jayakumari, Dr. G Manonmani, R Divya
Mankind has been strongly dependent on plant fibers for all kind of purposes. The usage of natural fibers has been reported from earlier days and they have served a wide range of uses (Preethi and Balakrishna Murthy, 2013). Apart from being food fruit crop, banana plant also serves as a source of various commercial products with respect to its utilities due to its versatility. Banana fibers are made of cellulose (43.6%), hemicellulose (14%), lignin (11%) and other substances (such as pectin, wax, and 31.4%) (Kumar and Kumar 2011). These fibers can be explored to develop various technical textiles which are the need of the hour. This study aims in developing technical textiles that can serve multipurpose uses like soundproof, fireproof and antimicrobial at the same time.