Mr. C. Sekar, innovative weaver from Anakaputhur, near Chennai, and Head, Anakaputhur Jute Weavers’ Association traditionally known for its handlooms, picked up the
idea of using banana fibre and revived the weaving industry which otherwise may have completely lost its identity in the urban chaos. With his creative legacy, he is now utilizing banana fibre making saris that he and his fellow weavers are now trying to promote the banana based textiles in a bigger way with the technological help of ICAR- NRC Banana. He is the third-generation of weavers. He works with around 100 weavers and specializes in eco-friendly weaves. Over the past 15 years, the weavers of Anakaputhur have shifted completely to natural fibers because of C. Sekar’s efforts.