Women from Aswan have excelled in implementing handmade products from recycled fiber waste from bananas, and various products that Aswan women have mastered, reaching all governorates of Egypt.
Al Arabiya.net talked to Faten about the idea of her recycled products from banana fiber waste, where she explained that she started the idea of making products and decorations for the home in various shapes and attractive colors from recycling agricultural waste, and bananas in particular.
Faten pointed out that the waste of banana trees, which number in Aswan, Luxor and Qena, is about 4 million, and after the harvest season, the waste is disposed of in unsafe ways. It is different and attractive and has uses in every home, such as “baths”, lighting units and living rooms.
She added that she converts banana fibers that are discarded into household items that are necessary to use, and these products are manufactured from natural materials without using artificial colors in decorating them so that they are healthy for food, and they use embroidery with colored cotton threads to make different shapes and dazzling colors.
Faten seeks to make handmade carpets on the loom using these fibers as well, and pointed out that although most people prefer to buy products made of wicker, banana fiber products are characterized by their durability, strength, and a great deal of flexibility that distinguish them from ordinary wicker, so It is a more expensive material.
In addition, Islam Muhammad, an Aswanian woman who works in the field of handicrafts, explained the idea of the “Glassie” project to make stained glass and antiques. Recycling it, saying, “For all the people who break it, it is not repaired, but we repair it and make a beautiful product from it as well.”
Banana waste products
She told Al Arabiya.net that she had implemented this project specifically due to its low prevalence in Aswan, and the tourist misses it in the markets, as it expresses the Aswan heritage.
Islam added that the manufacturing period for each piece takes about three or four days, as the time depends on the shape of the design to be implemented. Using natural materials, products are made from natural leather in a hand-made way.
Islam combines natural leather and recycled agricultural waste or other crafts such as embroidery to produce a product from natural materials such as bags, wallets and accessories.
Suzan, one of the Aswanese women who manufacture environmentally friendly handmade products, revealed to “Al Arabiya.net” the manufacturing method, which begins with the purchase of raw materials and then divides the tasks among the work team consisting of a group of women, each of whom is responsible for the production of a stage. A handmade piece, and she added that the manufacturing period of the piece varies according to its size, for example, a bag takes fifteen hours of work, while a wallet takes two to three hours.