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For the first time ever, a saree was made of banana fiber yarn.

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A weaver from Moulvibazar has weaved a full-length sari using banana fiber yarn, the first of its kind in Bangladesh. Radhabati Debi, a Manipuri weaver from Kamalganj, Moulvibazar, took the initiative of this creative idea with the support of the Bandarban District Commissioner. 

The saree, named Kolaboti Saree, was made entirely from banana fiber and took 15 days to weave. It features different color designs that evoke the atmosphere of Jamdani. Radhabati Debi has been weaving traditional Manipuri sarees for a long time and is currently training new saree artisans.

Bandarban District Commissioner Yasmin Parvin Tibriji expressed excitement at the success of weaving a beautiful saree with banana fiber. Tibriji sees potential in creating employment opportunities in the hilly areas where wild banana trees are abundant. The unique saree is named after the ‘Kala’ part of the banana tree and the ‘Boti’ part of Radhabati.

The success of Radhabati Debi has brought joy to the Manipuri community of Kamalganj, and locals hope that sarees made from banana fiber will open up new horizons in the weaving industry. Tibriji initiated a pilot project to create yarn from discarded banana bark, which was supported by non-governmental organizations Worldvision, Grouse, and Uddipan.

Currently, making yarn from the banana fiber is not profitable due to the high production cost. However, the use of environmentally friendly materials in the textile industry is the main consideration for the concerned people.