Jute Fiber from Plants

Jute Fiber from Plants


Jute Fiber from Plants is one of the inexpensive natural fibres. It is second only to cotton in the quantity produced and variety of uses. Jute fibres are composed mainly of;

  • Cellulose: A most important component of plant fibre.
  • Lignin: Key component wood fibre.

Jute fibre has a staple length of 1,000 MM to 4,000 MM. It has an average diameter of 20 microns (7 denier). That makes it a heavy & coarse staple fibre. Therefore, it is inappropriate for garments & home textiles.

The forceful yarns mass-produced from jute fibre are used worldwide in packing materials together with sacks for wheat, rice etc. Jute has high insulating & anti-static properties, modest moisture regain and small thermal conductivity.


Jute falls into the bast fibre category. That fibre is collected from the bast or skin of the plant. The chemical composition of jute fibre comprises:

  • Cellulose (64.4%)
  • Hemicellulose (12%)
  • Pectin (0.2%)
  • Lignin (11.8%)
  • Water soluble (1.1%)
  • Wax (0.5%)
  • Water (10)
  • Jute fibre contains numerous cells. These cells are shaped out of crystalline microfibrils created on cellulose. Those are linked to a whole layer by amorphous lignin and hemicellulose.

Process of Jute Fibers Extraction

  • The plants are reaped by hand with a reaping hook and cut near to the ground.
  • The cut stems are then knotted into bundles.
  • The leaves detached as much as possible.
  • The bundles plunged in water for retting.
  • This is the process by which the bundles of cells in the outer layers of the stem are unglued from the woody core
  • They form nonfibrous substances by the removal of pectins and other gummy matters.
  • The act includes water, microorganisms, and enzymes.
  • It takes between 5 and 30 days to complete, reliant on the temperature of the water.
  • Continuous supervision is essential.
  • The time of removal is serious.
  • As, if the degree of retting is inadequate, the fibre cannot easily be naked from the woody core.
  • It can be polluted with cortical cells, and if retting proceeds too far.

Retting process

  • Retting is the bacterial decaying of natural glues.
  • That follows the bast fibre to the herd.
  • This is attended in one of two ways; also dew retting or water retting.
  • With the dew retting, the band of the stem material, after mechanical harvesting is left for about 4-6 weeks in the fields for dew and rainfall to affect the process.
  • Though, lengthy overly wet conditions may turn retting to rotting.

Scutching process

  • In this process, the retted plant is unglued into its basic part the bast fibre.
  • The fibres are reserved at full length so at the end they may be cut to the length needed for more processing when transforming the plant.

Application of Jute Fibers

Jute has been replaced by synthetics over the years. Therefore, the big important markets for jute in sacking, cordage, carpet backing, and textiles have reduced. Fibre from jute may be utilized in the handicraft industries. That can be used to brand textiles, create paper products, or produce a wide variety of composites.


  • The lengthy bast fibres can be formed into flexible fibre mats.
  • That can be completed by physical entanglement, nonwovens nettling, or thermoplastic fibre melt matrix technologies.
  • The two most joint types are carded and needle-punched mats.
  • The fibres are combed, mixed, and materially tangled in a felted mat in carding.
  • Geotextiles have a big variety of uses. They can be used for covering around newly planted seedlings.
  • Jute fibre mats have good moisture-holding and endorse seed germination.
  • Low and medium-density fibre mats may be used for soil stabilization.
  • Medium and high-density fibre mats may also be used below ground in the road.


  • Medium- and high-density fibre mats may be used for air filters.
  • Air filters can be prepared to remove particulate.
  • They can be saturated or reacted with several chemicals as air fresheners or cleansers.


  • Medium and high-density mats may also be used to prepare the oil-spill clean-up pillows.

Structural Composites

  • A structural composite is well-defined as one that is essential to transport a load in use.
  • For example, structural composites are used:
  • In the housing industry
  • In load-bearing walls
  • Roof systems
  • Subflooring
  • Stairs
  • Framing components
  • Furniture, etc.

Nonstructural Composites

  • Nonstructural composites are not planned to carry a load in use.
  • These may be prepared from a variety of materials for example thermoplastics, textiles, and wood particles.
  • These are used for such products as doors, windows, furniture gaskets, ceiling tiles, automotive interior parts, moulding, etc.

Moulded Products

  • Fibre mats are parallel to the ones described for use as geotextiles.
  • Only during mat formation, an adhesive is added by dipping or spraying the fibre before mat formation.
  • It is also added as a powder during mat formation.
  • The mat is at that time shaped and densified by a thermoforming step.
  • These moulded composites may be used for structural or non-structural applications.
  • These can also be used for packaging and may be combined with other materials to form new classes of composites.


  • Bags prepared from jute have been used for many years as sacking for products for instance;
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Nuts
  • Cereals
  • Dried fruits
  • Vegetables

There are still various applications for long fibre for sacking.

Fibre Matrix Thermoplasticization

  • This approach includes the chemical modification of cellulose, lignin, and hemicelluloses to recrystallize.
  • That may adjust the cellulose and thermoplastic of the lignin.
  • It also regulates the hemicellulose matrix in order to mould the entire lignocellulosic resource into films or thermoplastic composites.

Thermoplastic alloys

  • The thermoplastic is bonded onto the lignocellulosic in such a way that there is only one continuous phase of the molecule in this type of composite.

Fashion Fabric

  • Jute is also frequently blended with other fabrics like cotton.
  • That is called JUCO and are ideal for clothing, accessories and home furnishing.
  • Jute essentials to be blended with fibres like wool, nylon, rayon, acrylic or polypropylene correct to create classy products like fashion garments.
  • These blends improve the fibre in feel, appearance, durability, resilience, and washability.

Fancy Bags and Handicrafts

  • The multipurpose Jute fibre is now being used to create moving new products.
  • Most widespread are;
  • Hand Bags
  • Shopping Bags
  • Luggage Bags
  • Wallets
  • Casual Bags
  • Fashion Bags
Mansoor Ahmed is Chemical Engineer, web developer, a writer currently living in Pakistan. My interests range from technology to web development. I am also interested in programming, writing, and reading.
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