The vision of INDIANES is that banana fiber is the solution to the environmental crisis caused by the textile and fashion industry.
Banana fiber was used for centuries by Colombian
communities and does not require any water or extension of land for cultivation, since it is obtained from the residues of banana agriculture.
Use of agricultural resources
Fiber research and development
Contribute to sustainable development of community
It all starts in the Andes mountain ranges. There is the tradition of banana fiber for centuries.
There the banana is grown and harvested. With the waste of this agricultural process, the indigenous communities have been able to take advantage of the waste and extract from the stem of the discarded plants an organic fiber, resistant and durable.
Tradition and technique have been alive for 3 generations, from INDIANES we seek to strengthen this ancestral knowledge through eco-design, innovation and a lot of human sense, for the benefit of the community, the environment and sustainable economic development. This area was one of the most affected by the guerrillas. Many families had to leave their lands, leave their businesses and experience great insecurity. Today the area is experiencing a period of development and recovery.
In the production of banana fiber, 60 farmer-artisans are involved, many of them mothers who are heads of households.
The solution to avoid consuming more natural resources.
A large amount of banana agriculture is wasted.
“Every year the banana plant must be cut so fruit can be generated again, which results in a large amount of agricultural waste.”
About 40% of the stalks are waste in this region, which is around 8.6 million kilos of fiber.
`` Banana fiber, a way to reduce water consumption, the air pollution, waste generation and support communities vulnerable´´.
Collection of stems discarded by farmers
Dyed with natural pigments
of the fiber
4.0 technology that generates 0% of waste
Creation of technical fabrics
Design and development of biodegradable products
We create a biodegradable products
Collection available for stores
Reduces emissions of C02 eq up to 45% compared to a traditional shoe.
Currently 65% of C02 eq cotton emissions are generated in cultivation and harvest, While for the production of banana fiber the emissions generated are zero,
Team and Partners
Director FITEX (Foundation for textile innovation) and Executive Director of the Spanish Group of Knitwear.
Internalization expert of the company / MODACC
Head of Elisava Research
PHD in Materials Science from the University of Barcelona.
Innovation in textile knitting technology
Industrial Engineer Product designer
Master in Product Design and Development
Design and product development and communication
Master in Product Concept and Development