Jute Fabric - Second Only To Cotton
The search for eco-friendly materials for various uses, from fashion to handicrafts, has brought the viability and reliability of jute fabric to the limelight. Jute fabric is made from the Jute plant and holds a special place in the world of vegetable fibers cultivation. It is second only to cotton as the most widely used plant-based fibrous material. From ropes to cloth to rugs, jute fiber in general and jute fabric in specific has proven to be a vital commodity that will continue to find productive use for many more years to come.
The main advantage of jute fabric is in its relative strength. The fiber strands are actually composed of cellulose material mixed with a bit of wood fiber. The blend of cellulose (which is common in textiles) with lignin (which is the wood fiber component in jute) makes it a very versatile piece of material for any application. There are all sorts of jute products, from curtains and carpets to chairs and rugs and cloth and the sheer variety of applications is more than proof of jute’s special place in the vegetable-fiber industry.
Specific to jute fabric, it offers many advantages over cotton-based cloth. For one, the higher strength of jute over cotton makes it more resistant to damage. It can also be weaved into various cloth types depending on the needs and applications. More pliant jute cloth or more rigid ones are very attainable. Considering that jute has a faster growth rate than cotton, it needs no further explanation why the shift to jute fabric is essential in the fashion, textile and garments industry.
Below are the benefits of using jute fabric as a substitute to more conventional fabric materials:
· Jute fabric is eco-friendly and completely biodegradable. It also grows faster than cotton allowing for faster harvest times.
· The higher strength of jute fibers means higher fabric yields. For every pound of pure jute fiber, more jute fabric can be made than for the same cotton equivalent.
· Jute fabric is cheaper than cotton despite the strength benefits.
· In terms of direct fabric properties, jute fabric has excellent tensile resistance, and more forgiving to air flow making it highly breathable.
· In terms of pure application, jute fabric is one of the most non-selective materials. It works just as good for sacks, nets and yarn as it does in high-end fashion items.
· Jute fabric also insulates well and has antistatic characteristics which work well in low humidity regions.
· In terms of compatibility with other fiber types, jute is one of the best materials around for compound fiber manufacturing.