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What To Make: Thick Basket Weave Banana Fabric

What To Make: Thick Basket Weave Banana Fabric

Truly unique, we’re really excited that this thick basket weave banana fabric can only be found on Offset Warehouse. Here’s a little more about this amazing fabric and what you can use it for!

The fabric is made of 100% banana. It’s a beautiful creamy colour and the yarns are thick and have a subtle sheen. The whole fabric is woven by hand into a gorgeous, loose basket weave. It’s wonderfully thick and warm, ideal for winter, but is still incredibly light and has a stunning drape. To find out more about how banana fabric is made, check out this article I wrote. This banana fabric has been used to make both tailored jackets and soft furnishings, including cushions, throws and blankets.

Banana Fabric from Offset Warehouse

Banana Fabric from Offset Warehouse

In the top image and the image below, I’ve put together just some of the ways that you can use this stunning textile. And if that’s got you salivating for more ideas, here’s a Pinterest board full of beautiful sewing ideas for homes and fashion that I think would be perfect for this Thick Basket Weave Banana fabric.

How To Use Banana Fabric

It’s Eco Credentials: Azo-Free, Co-Op, Fair Wage, Low Energy, Low Impact Dyes, Low Water, No Finishes, No Genetically Modified Crops, Organic (Uncertified), Sustainable, Unbleached

It’s Ideal For: Bath Robes, Curtains, Hand Sewing, Jackets & Cloaks, Machine Sewing, Soft Furnishings, Suits, Table Runner, Tea Cosy & Door Stops, Throws, Toys, Trousers & Shorts, Winter Skirts & Dresses

Facts About Bananas

  • Bananas don’t actually grow on trees—they grow on plants that are officially classified as herbs (not surprisingly, the world’s largest herb). They’re in the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms.
  • Banana plants grow up to 25 feet high and their leaves can grow to be 9 feet long and 2 feet wide.
  • Banana plants grow from bulbs rather than seeds.
  • A cluster of bananas is called a hand, and a single banana is called a finger. Each banana hand has about 10 to 20 fingers.
  • About 75 percent of the weight of a banana is water.
  • A few varieties of wild bananas include bubblegum pink bananas with fuzzy skins, green-and-white striped bananas with pulp the color of orange sherbet, and bananas that taste like strawberries when they’re cooked.

Banana Statistics

  • More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world, making them the fourth most popular agricultural product.
  • Americans eat an average of 27 pounds of bananas per person every year. More than 96 percent of American households buy bananas at least once a month.
  • 51 percent of bananas are eaten for breakfast at home.
  • The highest average per capita consumption of bananas in the world is in Uganda, where residents eat an average of 500 pounds of bananas per person every year. In fact, the Ugandan word matooke means both “food” and “banana.”
  • India produces more bananas than any other country on the planet, accounting for about 28 percent of the worldwide crop. (China is number two, with ten percent.)
  • A man in India once ate 81 bananas in a half hour.
  • More songs have been written about bananas than about any other fruit.

…After reading this, I bet you eat a banana today:

  1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, also helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar. You can also protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
  3. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  4. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
  5. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
  6. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
  7. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  8. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
  9. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhoea.
  10. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
  11. Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
  12. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  13. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar which will help you avoid binging between meals and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  14. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
  15. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.

 Some Banana Miracles

  1. Remove a wart in one to two weeks by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  2. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine. Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on houseplant leaves also makes the leaves shiny. AND banana peels also make a good silver polish to – just rub silver with the inside of a peel and then buff with a cloth.
  3. Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite (or other bug bite) or on poison ivy will help keep it from itching and getting inflamed. Similarly, if you rub the inside of a banana peel on a scrape or burn, it will help the pain go away, keep the swelling down, and keep the wound from getting infected.
  4. If you tape a banana peel over a splinter, the enzymes help the splinter work its way out of your skin (and also heal the wound).
  5. To whiten teeth naturally, rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for about two minutes every night. If you gargle with salt water, this will heighten the effect.
  6. Bananas make great conditioner that helps restore dry, damaged hair. Mash a banana and add a tablespoon of heavy cream and a tablespoon of honey to the mixture. Then apply it to dry hair, cover your hair with a shower cap, and then wrap your head in a warm towel. Leave it on for up to an hour and then rinse thoroughly with warm water before shampooing.
  7. Rubbing a banana peel on your forehead can help cure a headache.
  8. Bananas and banana peels make great fertilizer (you can compost them, bury them whole, or cut them in small pieces and mix them with garden soil) because of their phosphorous and potassium content. Roses especially like them.

 

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