From the wild green palm trees to the soft cascade of the Organic Banana baby blanket the journey of banana fibre is kind to the planet and to people. Until cotton usurped its position, banana was widely used to make fabric and is still used for Japanese kimonos. Now the industry is being revived, since the yarn is from a renewable, sustainable source, with a similar handle to cotton, only more silky-soft.
Every step of the process is done by hand. The fibre comes from the outer layers of the trunk, which can grow up to 30ft tall. It is soaked to dissolve the chlorophyll structures, leaving the cellulose fibre which is turned to pulp, carded, and spun by Nepalese women into knitting yarn. Banana grows freely in lowland Nepal, but demand is greater than the supply, and so additional fibre comes from India, to be spun in Nepal.