Jute – Global sustainable fiber
The most versatile sustainable material JUTE!
Jute has various forms …………many uses! From Geotextiles and packaging to the fabric that designers yearn to use in their prime collections. Jute is having an Indian origin and it is grown in Bengal area largely.
As per historic records it is used to weave textiles during Indus Valley Civilization. Export of jute is expected to start in the 17th century by the British Empire. By 19th century Dundee in Scotland became the industrial hub of global jute.
Jute fibre is extracted from an annual plant called Corchorus. It is a thin plant that grows around 10 to 12 feet in height and it’s a flowering plant. It grows for around 120 days and after the flowering plants is harvested.
The harvested jute is left in the farm for 24 to 48 hours so that the leaves fall off. Then it is taken and made into bundles and immersed in water for retting process, and after 35 to 40 days the bundles are taken out and the outer bark is separated and dried. The dried fibres are transferred to the mills. You can see many jute factories along the river Hooghly and it is the second most abundant natural fibre in the world.
Different forms of jute
The brown jute is used for stitching bags, pouches in Craftpair this is widely used for stitching grow bags.
What not you can do with this golden braids, the extracted fibers are hand/machine braided and long braids makes wonderful rugs and bags.