The Philippine Textile Research Institute(PTRI) has set to launch this year a new set of natural fabrics made from three fiber plants sources. This was announced by PTRI Director Carlos C. Tomboc during the Institute’s 42nd Anniversary last February 25 held at PTRI Building in Taguig City.
Dr. Tomboc identified the three fiber plants as saluyot, maguey, and water hyacinth which, when blended with polyester, were found suitable for making into fabrics. The resulting fabrics can be ideal for use in apparels and home textiles such as curtains, mats, furniture cover, and table linens, according to studies conducted by PTRI researchers.
Now on its product development stage, Dr. Tomboc said that PTRI is coming out this year with fabrics blended with saluyot, maguey, and water hyacinth for apparel use.