If you are looking to make an eco-friendly, socially responsible yarn purchase, give this hand spun Banana Fiber Yarn a try. Made of the inner layer of decaying banana tree bark, the strands are silky soft and lightweight. Varying in color, each skein is always one of a kind. Banana fiber yarn is often substituted for silk sari yarn (see my other listings for those!) and is considered a renewable, natural resource. This versatile yarn can be used to knit, crochet, make jewelry, weave...whatever your creative mind can imagine! This purchase will be for two (2) skeins. You will receive the two skeins shown in these photos.
These yarns are hand spun by women living in the Indian countryside. The major source of income there is agriculture and farming. However, farming only keeps locals employed for about 3-4 months a year. As such, creating these yarns gives women a means by which they can financially support themselves and their families. Ten community leaders coordinate collection of the raw materials, distribute them to various locales and train local women so that this unique piece of work can come to be.
Yardage - You will receive these two (2) skeins of mixed banana fiber yarn. Each skein weighs approximately 100 grams (~3.5 oz) and has a length of 60 meters (~65 yards). Recommended needle size is 5-6.
Composition - 97% viscose, 3% other fibers. Made of the bark of banana trees with shimmer/metallic accent thread woven in for additional sheen. There are loose ends that peek out from the strand -- I find that these add uniqueness to the final woven project.
Care Instructions - Dry clean or hand wash in gentle detergent, lay flat to dry. No machine wash or dryer.
Gift Wrap - If you're planning on giving this item as a gift, please let me know. I'll provide you with a gift bag and tissue to wrap up your purchase. Alternately, if you'd like me to ship the item directly to your gift recipient, let me know so I can gift wrap the item here and include a gift message from you.
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