Saluyot, a jute-like plant called “famine food” because it is a vegetable of last resort during drought times, has been added to the Philippine Textile Research Institute’s (PTRI’s) menu of renewable native fibers suitable for fabric production. The Philippines harvest many plants with commercial applications, including abaca, ramie, coconut coir, salago, maguey, buntal, raffia, kapok, pina, banana, kozo, kenaf and silk. PTRI develops methods of mechanical or chemical fiber separation and yarn or fabric processing. “We have woven 80 percent polyester with 20 percent spun saluyot fibers to make smooth fabrics, ” says PTRI director Carlos Tomboc. Saluyot woven with cotton is used in curtains and drapes, bedding, table linens, nets, ropes and geotextiles.
“The world textile industry has been devoid of new natural textiles for 15 years now and it is a great opportunity for tropical fibers made in the Philippines, ” says Nora Mangalindan, head of research and development at PTRI. Most Philippine fabric products are synthetic, and competition from Chinese textiles is draining life out of the industry. Tropical fibers could spur future growth; government uniforms are now required to contain at least three percent tropical fibers, a substitution that could reduce fibers imports of 481 metric tons a year. For more, see www.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=772.
Kids Awards Screen Printing on Metal
The New Yudu machine made by Provo Crafts is a home silk screening machine and it prints on metal, as well as fabric, glass, wood and paper. You may not want to put that much into something to print on metal the TV version is about 327.00 or 357.00 I cannot remember right off, but maybe you can find someone in your area who has one that would be willing to do them for you. But if you had one think of all the other things you can do with it for kids.
My acct is too new to post a link so you can email me for the link to the website for Yudu or you can go to your home search engine and just time in Yudu you will find it