DOST-PTRI Inks Agreement with Carolina Bamboo Garden (CBG) on Bamboo R&D for Textiles
The Carolina Bamboo Garden (CBG), represented by its President, Mr. Joel Marcelo G. Jimenez, and the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTR), represented by Director Celia B. Elumba, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on June 9, 2021.
In DOST-PCAARRD funded project "Evaluation of Philippine Bamboo Species as a Textile Material", DOST-PTRI will characterize and evaluate twelve (12) bamboo species that CBG will provide for their potential as textile raw materials. The project will validate the technology, technical data, and economic considerations in the mainstreaming of bamboo for textile manufacture.
An earlier DOST-PTRI project focused on the technical feasibility of native bamboo varieties such as Kawayan Tinik (Bambusa blumenea), Yellow Bamboo (Schizostachyum brachycladum), Bolo (Gigantochloa levis), and Giant Bamboo (Dendrocalamus asper), for textile manufacture. The study revealed Kawayang Tinik as a most suitable raw material for yarn production, yielding the highest fiber recovery (38.41%) among other natural textile fibers studied by the Institute, including pineapple leaf, banana, BANDALA, abaca, and water hyacinth. The treated fibers were also soft and pliable, fiber properties essential for yarn production.
Consistent with its goal, the Institute continuously explores the potential of different natural textile fibers available in the country for textile applications. These fibers promote sustainable textile production and consumption, and harness a competitive advantage of Philippine textiles.