Lotus fibre

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Lotus fibre

  1. 1. LOTUS FIBRE
  2. 2. PROCESSING FIBRE EXTRACTION:  Gathering of lotus leaf stems.  Knife cut is made around a bunch of 5-6 stems.  Twisting is done to reveal 20-30 fine white filaments.  They are drawn and rolled into a single thread. YARN PREPARATION:  Placing skeins on bamboo spinning frame.  Transferring the thread onto winders for warping process.
  3. 3. FIBRE EXTRACTION
  4. 4. SPINNING WHEEL
  5. 5.  To avoid tangling,40m yarn lifted from warp post and is coiled into plastic bags.  Yarn for weft is wound onto small bamboo bobbins. WEAVING:  Type of Loom-Cambodian Loom(no warp beam).  Width of the cloth-24”(60-75cm).  Fabric is woven in 100yds(90m) batches.
  6. 6. WEAVING Cambodian Loom
  7. 7.  Fibres from 120,000 lotus stems are needed to weave the fabric for a costume.  Dye - chemical or natural dyes. PROPERTIES:  Finest aquatic fibres  Breathable & comfortable  Soft & irregular weft  Crease resistance  Under small stress,lotus fibre has good elasticity
  8. 8.  Appearance of linen or raw silk  Colour of lotus fibre-milky yellow  Wrinkle free  Cellulosic fibre  Cool, stiff & neat  Moisture absorption & fast drying STRUCTURE:  Lotus fibre is multi-filament(fineness of each monofilament-4µm, space between-3µm to 5µm).  Cross section of fibre-round or oval.
  9. 9. COMPARISON OF PROPERTIES WITH OTHER FIBRES  Initial modulus is 146.81 cN/dtex-superior to cotton,wool,silk and close to ramie.  Breaking tenacity is 3.44 cN/dtex-superior to wool, close to cotton,silk and next to ramie.  Elongation at break is 2.75%-close to ramie and smaller than cotton,wool & silk.
  10. 10. ADVANTAGES:  It is a powerful plant as it has many healing properties.  Environmental friendly as it is organic and natural fibre. DISADVANTAGES:  Raw material collection to yarn spinning and weaving is completely handmade.  Time consuming and expensive.  The lotus fabric must be weaved within 24 hours to prevent the detoriation of fibre.
  11. 11. BLENDING WITH OTHER FIBRES:  Can mix with 100% silk.  Blending of 15% lotus fibre and 85% Cotton can be used for upholstry and draperies. BRANDS USING LOTUS FIBRE:  Kyar chi(scarf and sacred fabric)  Italian Fashion Company- Lora Piana
  12. 12. LORA PIANA TRADEMARKED A NEW KIND OF FABRIC MADE FROM LOTUS FLOWER FIBER. Each jacket will cost roughly EUR 4,000 (about $5,600).
  13. 13. THANK YOU

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