Hand spun 2 ply natural Banana vegan fiber Spin Flora vegan yarn. The banana plant has been cultivated in Japan since the 13th Century for use in making fabrics and textiles. The tender shoots of the banana plant were harvested and boiled in lye to soften them. The banana fibre was spun into yarn and woven for making kimono and kamishimo. In Nepal, the trunk of the banana plant was used instead of the shoots. The aged bark or outer layers were soaked in water and allowed to decay to dissolve the chlorofyll leaving the cellulose fibres that are softened into a pulp. The pulp is dried and spun into yarn. Banana is a strong fibre with a shiny appearance. Banana is a light weight fibre with high moisture absorption as well as quick moisture release, so banana fibre dries quickly. Banana fiber is bio-degradable and has no negative impact on the environment. With the recent invention of banana fiber extraction machines, banana fibre waste can now be processed into high quality silk grade fibres that are now readily available to handspinners, weavers and crafters.
Banana fiber yarns are not as soft as some of the other viscose plant fibers so would be best for projects such as knitted or crocheted bags or where you wish to use a more hard wearing type of yarn.