“India—The largest manufacturer of jute goods in the world”
JUTE is a natural vegetable plant fibre that grows well in temperate, wet and humid climate and thus production is concentrated around the Ganges delta region of India and Bangladesh where the warm, wet climate during the monsoon season provides ideal growing conditions. India and Bangladesh are the major producers of jute in the world. The natural fiber used in the fabric of our jute bags comes from the stem and outer skin of the jute plant.
PROCESSING OF RAW JUTE FIBRE:
The cultivation of jute begins in the month of April by preparing the land for sowing. Jute is primarily a rain-fed crop that doesn't need much in the way of fertilizer or pesticides making it cost effective to grow. It takes between four and six months for the plants to mature and reach a height of around 8-12 feet when they are harvested. It has little green leaves, but no branches.
The stalks are then cut-off, tied into bundles and soaked (retted) in water for about 20 days. The process of retting softens the tissues and permits the fibres to be separated. The fibres are then peeled off from the stalks in long strands and washed in low running water. Then they are spread out to dry under the sun.
The jute fibres are off-white to golden brown in color (hence nicknamed GOLDEN Fibre). They are pressed into bales and shipped to jute mills for converting into yarns which is later woven into jute fabric.