Natural Fiber Snake Plant, Is That Possible?!
Almost 70 species of Sansevieria have been recorded including over twenty cultivars of Trifasciata.
Though Native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of Europe, Asia and Africa…
…it is grown and cultivated throughout the world.
Trifasciata implies that the upright stiff evergreen leaves are marked with three bands.
Sanseveria is named after the Italian scientist and inventor Raimondo di Sangro (1710-1771), Prince of Sansevero.
He was a garden patron. Their leaves can grow 8-inches to 10-feet long and 2- to 3-inches wide.
Most indoor plants I have seen are shorter than 3 feet. There is a yellow band around the edges.
In the past, they had been known as snake plant and mother-in-law’s tongue…
…due to their irregular shape and lighter horizontal stripes.
But, do you know that there’s more to them than just beauty and resilience? They can actually be extracted as fiber!
Here we have story from Smith, about his experience seeing snake plant being extracted…
….for its natural fiber snake plant.
Let us hear Smith’s story
Last monday, I have seen the biggest fantastic phenomenon I have encountered in my life.
“You know, I’ve never seen an aloe plant. Let’s go to the botanical garden.” said me to Jack after arriving at his house.
I shook my head in disbelief. “No, you’re not extracting fiber from this plant right?.”
In that table, I saw all of the snake plant all over it. There is a sign “Natural Fiber Snake Plant” it said.
“There’s a snake plant on my porch and it has these fibers that are just like yarn!”
He pointed at the stringy material hanging from the pot in front of him.
He has been cutting this leaves and extracted form like fiber from this plant. I’m surprisingly amaze of this.
I never that is possible. “Jesus, I never thought it was real from all of this time.”
I’m really shocked for what I have seen. “Now you believe right?”
He’s smiling and start extracting again the so called “natural fiber snake plant”
Sansevieria Trifasciata fiber is one such lignocellulosic fiber that has likelihood for use in textile industry. It can be extracted from the leaves of Sansevieria Trifasciata Plant by various methods, one of them being water rettingDr Rita Kant, Assistant Professor, University Institute of Fashion and Lifestyle Technology, Panjab University, Chandigar
Here’s the main things that you should know!
Sansevieria Trifasciata, Why So Phenomenal?
Sansevieria trifasciata is the scientific name for snake plant, a member of the Asparagaceae family.
The plants are indigenous to Africa, and Brazil. There are approximately 70 species of these plants.
There are two kinds of this plant with flowering, and both spread by creeping rhizomes.
Leaf length and width are approximately 2.5 inches for the dark green leaves.
Dark green leaves with yellow edges cover some plants with varigated leaves.
These plants are mainly used for ornamental purposes in America.
In Africa, they are used in the production of fiber. Outdoors in warmer climates, these plants can be grown…
…but in colder climates they are used as a decorative houseplant.
You can use them for air purification, removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
The fact that they reach upwards makes them extremely desirable in Feng Shui.
When displaying Sansevieria near young children, you should be careful because it’s mildly toxic.
An ingestion can cause swelling of the throat and tongue, as well as problems with the digestive tract.
New facts for you!
Extracting Natural Fiber Snake Plant
Student research on the natural fiber snake plant that was made from snake plant roots Sansevieria trifasciata…
….won first place in the first Davao Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits.
The University of the Compostela National High School’s Lovely Asur and Angelou Angway…
…discovered the snake plant’s potential as a source of natural fiber by accident.
Who will believe this natural fiber snake plant will be comes out from snake plant.
Originally, Asur said, they hoped to find out its antibiotic properties.
“We noticed threadlike substance on the rotten leaves, so we refocused our study on that.
The fibers were smooth, creamy white and creamy when we dried them from the rotten leaves,” Asur said.
During their research, they discovered that the snake plant threads were also used by early Filipinos for bowstring…
…in addition to its ornamental and air purifying purposes.
To obtain the fibers, students soaked leaves of the snake plant in water for three weeks…
…rinsed and dried, and then subjected them to tests to compare them to commercially…
…available fibers like abaca and pina. Fibers from leaves are extracted using retting method.
The leaves are collected and then retreated in water for seven to eight weeks.
When the leaves are completely decayed, the fibers are removed from the outer layer.
The fibers were washed thoroughly so that no pulp remained attached to them.
They were then dried in sunlight for about five to seven hours to remove moisture.
Further research had also been done. In the International Journal of Science and Research article….
….“Extraction of Fiber from the Sansevieria Trifasciata Plant and its Properties”…
…it was discussed how we have used fabrics in ways that have a detrimental effect on the environment.
Fashion consumers in all countries practice a “use and throw” attitude which leads to textile waste clogging landfills.
In response to this, governments have begun launching environmental awareness programs;
international businesses are being asked to observe strict legislations and undergo environmental audits.
Research is being conducted to identify non-conventional sources for natural fiber snake plant.
Here’s the thing….
Benefits of Natural Fiber Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata is one such lignocellulosic fiber with potential for textile use.
It can be extracted from the leaves by various methods.
As a result of its greater strength, its economic value and the fiber’s renewable nature…
…the fiber can be used to make a wide variety of textile products like sacks, ropes, handicrafts…
…mattress for bedding and other extensive applications of textiles.
Other possible uses of the snake plant fiber extract includes source of high quality paper, clothing, etc…
….and products such as sacks, ropes, handicrafts, mattresses for bedding and other wider applications of textiles.
In the elongation limit test, it was revealed that snake plant fibers can extend nearly twice its original length…
…rather than the 33.48 percent limit for abaca fibers, demonstrating an ability…
…to stretch nearly three times as much, when compared with linen.
By testing the strength of the snake plant fiber, the students decided that its breaking point was 1,327 grams.
Like abaca, snake plant fibers burn like paper. Physical testing has demonstrated that the natural fiber snake plant…
…are comparable to commercial textiles as their elongation limit and strength are not only comparable…
…but even superior to cotton. The students also suggested it could be used in medical applications…
…as thread in surgery since the fibers break down readily within the body.
This natural fiber snake plant is incredibly strong. It actually feels like horse hair?
I’m glad I got to practice this primitive skill, but won’t be doing it every day.
Simply taking on these painstaking tasks really makes me appreciate how convenient our daily lives are.
However, if you ever find yourself in a survival situation in a tropical region of the world…
…look for snake plants to make cordage from.
Last thing for sure. This plant need to be care carefully, remember plant need the “love” too.
And this natural fiber snake plant can help us to substitute if there’s lack of supply for it.
Alright that’s all for today! Do you have any questions about all of this?
Or do you want to add some other facts about natural fiber snake plant?
Let me know your recommendation from the comment below.
I hope you can now take care your snake carefully and grow it big!
And hope you can extract the natural fiber snake plant itself
Thanks for reading this article! Bye!