PREPARATION AND ANALYSIS OF NON-WOVEN FABRICS FROM UNDERUTILIZED PLANT STEMS


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  • JOYSHREE AYEKPAM* and N. VASUGI RAAJA Department of Textiles and Clothing, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore – 641 043

Keywords:

Agricultural waste, Biodegradable, Green environment, Non-woven fabrics

Abstract

Many plants have medicinal and therapeutic properties that will be and are of utmost importance
in the various fields of technical textiles. Plants such as turmeric, neem, castor has numerous health
promoting agents mainly used in the pharmaceutical’s. Among the agricultural waste, the stems and
twigs of the plants i.e.castor, turmeric, neem twigs are more promising as fibres extracted from them
possess several useful properties. In the study conducted from the year 2019 to 2021 at Coimbatore,
Tamil Nadu,the fibres were extracted from the castor, turmeric plant stem and neem twigs through the
process of retting and non-woven fabrics were prepared using needle-punched method. The nonwoven
were blended with cotton fibre and then treated with its respective therapeutic oils to increase
its properties. As the three selected fibres possessed healing and antimicrobial properties, it could
be used as the potential source of raw materials in healthcare textiles. The non-woven fabrics were
then evaluated, analysed and found that the prepared non-woven showed a good air-permeability,
good water repellence, high thermal insulation property which could be used for the potential
application for the development of technical textile materials.

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16-02-2023

Published

30-06-2022

How to Cite

JOYSHREE AYEKPAM* and N. VASUGI RAAJA. (2022). PREPARATION AND ANALYSIS OF NON-WOVEN FABRICS FROM UNDERUTILIZED PLANT STEMS. The Journal of Research ANGRAU, 50(2), 74-83. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/TJRA/article/view/133396

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