Banana Fiber Clothing
A Feasibility Study Presented to the Faculty of the Tourism Department
Saint Paul University Quezon City
In Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
Besmonte, Armi Jen
Sto. Domingo, Allen Marie
Villarama, Katrina May
Background of the Study
Bananas are known as a delicious and energy boosting fruit. Grown in 129 countries around the world, bananas are, in fact, the fourth most important global food crop.But aside from food, this large perennial herb gives more of itself to the benefit of mankind and the environment. From its roots to the tip of its leaves, you will be amazed to discover the wonders of the banana. Its stem or trunk can even be transformed into a fabulously elegant clothing material.
A hundred and twenty nine countries in the world grow bananas, the fourth most important global food crop. This large perennial plant is indeed a very generous provider for mankind. From its roots to the tip of its leaves, banana is sagging with so many benefits that mankind can take advantage of. Its fruits are high in potassium content, vitamins C and B6, manganese, fiber, and other nutrients; its leaves are good for wrapping food; while its roots are said to be effective against parasitic worms and can relieve bronchitis. Banana trunks or stems also make good clothing material, aside from being a good source of animal feed.
You can cut a fabric out of the banana trunk – and this is not even a new discovery. If we may go back to history lane, Japanese cultivators in the 1200’s used to produce textiles for kimonos and other traditional clothes from specific banana varieties. But since extraction of the banana fiber was done manually and the process quite tedious, production of banana-made clothes did not make it to the