Banana silk yarn starts as bark from the banana tree. The bark is then soaked until the cellulose fibers are all that remains. It is then extruded into pulp and then spun into yarn. And Shangri-la Craft‘s banana yarn is also hand dyed by a women’s group in Nepal.
Modern manufacturing produces a rayon like fiber from the banana fibers. Other Banana silk yarns are spun from recycled remnants from the clothing industry, such as those skeins from the Wool Peddler.
Banana silk yarn is very similar to recycled silk sari in that it is a bit fuzzy, but it is a soft and shiny yarn perfect for bulky yarn projects.