The main traditional use of jute and kneaf has been for the packaging market. Cloth, sacks and

bags made of these fibers are widely used for transportation and storage of agricultural products,

fertilizers, cement and some chemical products. With the advent of bulk handling and synthetic

packaging materials, the market for these traditional jute and knead materials have been seriously

affected,  particularly  in  the  developed  countries.   Keeping  in  view  the  interest  of  the  millions

dependent on this sector the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) sponsored and implemented

projects on Geo-textiles and Nonwovens to widen the possibilities of making more use of jute in

various  innovative  applications.  The  report  of  the  geo-textiles  project  recommended  the  use  of

jute geo-textiles in the fields of erosion control, agro-plant mulching and rural road construction.

In  compliance  with  the  recommendations  IJSG  has  taken  initiative  to  undertake  a  follow  up

project on ‘Development and Application of  Potentially  Important Jute Geo-textiles’  to  address

all  the  relevant  issues  relating  to  possible  application  areas,  specifications,  standards,

effectiveness and suitability of jute geo-textiles. Under the no woven project different non-woven

manufacturing techniques like stitch bonding, hot calendaring, needle punching, hot-air thermal

bonding, oven bonding, hydro entanglement etc. were used and assessed.

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