The Banana Fibre story

Fabric from the stalk of a banana plant has been utilized by cultures in Japan and Southeast Asia since the 13th century. The fiber from the stalk of banana plants is incredibly durable and is actually a waste product of the bananas grown for the food industry. Spun into silk yarns, woven into fabrics for interior decoration and even used as paper and packaging materials, the fibrous stalks of this large, fruit-bearing plant offer numerous possibilities as a natural and sustainable textile and fiber material. One of the states which is most astute at this art and craft is Kerala in India and we dedicate our post today to these craftsmen.In an era where the need of the hour is to go greener, Banana fibre products are indeed a good substitute for leather, plastic as well as paper. Earthy Hues, a firm that deals exclusively in banana fibre products, was conceptualized by Rekha Rajagopal and Maya Ajay to create awareness about these products and to encourage people to appreciate and value the eco-friendly way of life.After the fruits and the leaves are harvested, the fibres are extracted from the bark of the banana plant by highly experienced artisans, thereby utilizing renewable farm resources. The process needs no electricity as they are handmade or handloomed. The result: Amazing works of art that are nature-friendly and wallet-friendly. That apart, weaving banana fibre is the source of livelihood for women in many parts of South India. We have at our store at Inorbit Mall Whitefield as well as online some of the lovely bags by Earthyhues our partners made from this beautiful resilient fibre !.



Cooking in traditional vessels lends to more flavoursome food. The idea of starting The Village Fair Cookware began when founder Radhika Menon read about a doctor in Canada who invented the method of dropping a cast iron fish into a wok while cooking to cure iron deficiency. She then decided to partner with Priya Deepak who was also working for a corporate at the time to bring traditional utensils and make them available to all. The process starts with the procurement of good quality iron and clay utensils, and then these are seasoned. The utensils are washed in kaadi vellam or water in which rice has been washed. The pots are fired after being soaked in kaadi vellam or kanji vellam for better durability. The process is repeated at least three-four times over the week to make sure the utensil is free of impurities. This is painstakingly done by 15-20 men and women in Kerala who have undergone training to do this and are employed by the two founders.Thus providing a better livelyhood in the villages of Kerala. The food made in these vessels not only tastes better but takes a longer time to spoil as well. It also imparts a distinctive earthy flavour. Once the pans are seasoned they are then tested several times by cooking appams and vegetables to see if the curing has been properly done. The entire process takes around 10 days after the order is placed. Now they have all types of pans and pots from clay to cast iron to marble . Cannanore is extremely proud to be associated with them and to keep their products at our store at Inorbit Mall and our online store!

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