Kohima: Banana fibre products are drawing huge crowds at the ongoing Hornbill Festival being held in the Kisama village of Nagaland.
Eco-friendly and organic products such as baskets, dusters, coasters, bags, vermicompost and decorative pieces, all made out of banana fibre, are on offer at the 'Bamboo Pavilion' that consists of 117 stalls displaying all 'Made in Nagaland' products by local entrepreneurs.
The products have been brought by Amity Banana Fiber & Allied Products, whose stall is being displayed for the first time at Hornbill Festival. Imlimenla Jamir, promoter of the company, has been actively involved in the sector for the past several years.
The project involves the process of extracting fibre from a banana tree. This fibre, otherwise, goes waste after a banana tree has been harvested. This assumes special significance in a state like Nagaland where huge farms of wild banana tree are wasted as people are not aware of the value and utilities of banana fibre. So far, the company has also been able to give employment to six local youths.
Banana fibre is said to have a tensile strength 2.07 times stronger than jute. Products made from this fibre have a vast market in countries like the US and in some European regions.