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Cotton, polyester ... and okra
M
any commercial textiles today are made of cotton and polyester blends and can be
found in everything from T-shirts to canvas products. But researchers in Lahore,
Pakistan, are adding a new ingredient to the list: okra. The stem waste from okra-
also known as ladyfingers-is being used to create value-added textile products. The
research was led by Professor Muhammad Mohsin, chairman of the textile engineering
department at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Lahore, Pakistan.
" Okra fiber is not only cheaper than cotton, but the raw material is easily available,
has high strength and reduces waste, " says Mohsin.
Pakistan is the third-largest producer of okra in the world, resulting in stem waste of
approximately 335mkg annually. The okra stem waste is blended with cotton and yarn
and produced at a UET spinning lab, which is the first of its kind in Pakistan. The fabric
is produced and dyed with natural dye by using proprietary technology, therefore making
the whole process bio-based and organic.
" Top brands are asking for sustainable products and willing to pay the premier price, "
says Mohsin. " This technology is not only sustainable, but it can make the Pakistani
textile industry more competitive and attractive. "
Stem waste from the
okra plant is blended with
cotton and polyester to
form a new hybrid textile.
Photo: Dileep Kaluaratchie
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