The Beauty of Sustainable Jute Furniture

The Beauty of Sustainable Jute Furniture


Author: Priyanka Priya | Contributor
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Date: 05-11-2020 | Time: 12:42 pm
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About the Author

: Priyanka Priya is a final year student pursuing a Master's in Business Administration from the Tula’s Institute of Engineering and Management in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. She holds a bachelor degree in commerce from Patna University. Priyanka has been very active in school and college events.

Introduction

: If you are looking for any way to add some natural elements to interior design, there is no better option than jute. You will be amazed to see how Jute furniture can seamlessly blend with space's aesthetics.

Jute furniture has been a part of our being for centuries. Its existence can be traced back to those rustic pieces of furniture in the form of Charpoys, Khaats, and the Woven Stools that enhanced and enliven the surroundings of the Indian houses. Where the family members would gather and sit together in spare times or a lazy summer evening, simply chatting and idling by on the charpoys and stools placed in the rooms, courtyard, or verandahs. The emotion that one can root with this culture as an Indian.

However, like all things great, this rich culture also suffered a major setback when it lost its presence to convenience. And, somewhere in between where the wooden beds made their way for the Charpoys, and woven stools were replaced with cushiony poufs, and jute furniture lost its essence of being, but only to be revived once again.

All thanks to the conscious mass for recognizing its worth that placed jute fibre in the front and center of the home textile industry. And, in the short span, jute yet again became popular. This time as a significant raw material for thousands of small and large scale industries with extensive usage in home furnishing in the form of mats, curtains, chair coverings, carpets, blankets, bedcovers, lampshades, swings, room dividers, wall hangings, blinds, etc.

Jute fibre is amazingly durable, strong, inexpensive, entirely sustainable, and comes only next to cotton in the textile sector. Unlike cotton, jute is a rain-fed crop that needs less feed on fertilizer or pesticides (a pro which scores over cotton). Again the fibre produced is biodegradable that makes it a sustainable and economical option for the production of varied functional and decorative applications.

The jute fibre is obtained from the stem and the outer skin of the jute plant. The fibres first are extracted through a process termed as “retting.” In the retting process, the jute stems are bundled together and immersed in the slow-moving water. After the retting process, the stripping begins, where the non-fibrous matter is scraped off. The fibre is primarily spun into threads using the spinning wheel and similar mechanisms. Subsequently, the yarn is knitted into ropes.

Finally, the ropes are interwoven and employed in various home furnishings using distinct styles and techniques. The final products of jute are referred to as Burlap or Hessian and are considered as one of the lighter fabrics made from jute which is used extensively for home furnishing purposes.

Jute furniture truly brings a rustic, textured feel to the spaces at the same time creates a charming contrast because of its rough, coarsely-woven appearance that is often paired with smooth fabrics. The Jute fabrics which are highly durable are used to make sofas, chairs, and other furniture. These pieces of jute furniture are often observed in their original color that varies from golden to brown. However, the dyed versions are also available which one can opt for as per the preferences. These types of furniture can be an excellent addition to any indoor or outdoor spaces in the house.

To give more warmth and comfort to the fabric, the jute fibre is blended with natural and softer fibres which are utilized in the making of pillows, linens, upholsteries, drapes, and curtains. Whereas the raw, jute rope is used for the production of indoor chair swings, hammocks, and hanging light fixtures.

In a world that is becoming more eco-conscious, jute is certainly an ideal choice when it comes to home furnishings, all because of the characteristics that make it eco-compatible and soil friendly. The plant helps to clean the air as while growing, they absorb almost three times more CO2 and convert the CO2 back into oxygen than other trees. Jute plants also enrich the soil by improving its agronomic characteristics and reducing the growth of unwanted vegetation.

Conclusion:
It’s incredible how jute furniture provides a natural and modern element to any home décor while protecting the environment from a whole lot of trouble by lessening the carbon footprint. If you are looking for any way to add some natural elements to interior design, there is no better option than jute. You will be amazed to see how Jute furniture can seamlessly blend with space’s aesthetics.

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