When “sustainable fashion” could be a latest buss word for the most of us, C Sekar was not just familiar with term but he also creating the same, decades ago!
At the age of 13 Sekar started to work with handloom. When he was 12 years, he hit upon the concept of producing Natural Fiber Saris. He wanted to try something new and he heard about banana fiber and after several attempts he was able to wrap and weft rest is history, today he can extract yarn from 25 natural fiber!
Sekar, who has been a weaver for over three decades now, decided to turn to natural fibers to create more awareness about eco-friendly fabrics. He found ways to extract fibers from unusual ingredients like pineapple, vetiver roots, sorrel leaves, and hemp among others.
Aanafit is an Eco friendly natural fibers based textile company. The company is founded and lead by Mr.Raja Sekhar Mamillapalli and Mr.C.Sekhar. The apparel produced are more cost effective and environmental friendly. It also absorbs less heat.
• To be the largest producer of fiber yarn
• To be able to extract yarn from at least 50 natural fibers
Process of extracting Fiber.
A plank of slit banana stem layer on flat surface to scrap it with the sharp blade of a knife. This action eliminates all the fleshy part and juices in the stem, leaving behind only the bare fibres. These fibres are then pulled out and collected, and dried in the sun to make them firm and strong. The collected mass of fibres is then spun into yarn, which is then wound over a spindle. Thereafter, the yarn is mixed with cotton threads and dyed in natural colours. They are then mounted on looms, to begin weaving alluring saris and fabrics. The woven fabrics are then treated with herbs to make them skin-friendly.
Handwoven 'herbal' sari. The unique sari is spun with cotton yarn, which is dyed with natural colors and is immersed into a liquid paste made of tulsi, neem and turmeric. The medicinal properties of these plants act as remedy for all kinds of skin diseases.
Handloom saris may be all the rage but a 'herbal' sari, infused with tulsi, neem and turmeric, is setting a new yardstick for the traditional Indian drape.
• Sekar has trained close 1000 weaver across India on fiber extraction in the places like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and North east