The fiber of Aloe Vera has many assets for clothing such as its good capacity of moisture absorption, its great breathability, its softness and comfort, its infroissabilité, it’s anti-bacterial properties (thanks to the presence of saponin and ale tine) and the benefits conferred on contact with the skin (cellular regeneration, soothing burns and eczema, hydratation, etc.) Indeed, the gel contained inside the leaves is very rich in minerals (good for the skin), amino acids (promoting the regeneration of skin cells) and vitamins (acting on the physiology of the skin).
What if your T-shirt allows you to do without moisturizing cream? If it was good for cell regeneration to slow down the aging of your skin?
Harvesting and processing
The leaves of Aloe Vera are harvested by hand and then the fibers are extracted by retting : they are immersed for two weeks in distilled water to separate the fibers from the rest of the leaf. The fibers are then dried for several hours in the sun and are thus ready to be spun.
Where do we find these fibers?
The many benefits obtained from these fibres suggest a promising future. They are already present in clothing, especially in the production of underwear thanks to its anti-bacterial and therefore anti-odor properties, as well as for its benefits in contact with the skin. They are also found for the latter reason in liners or other clothing in direct contact with the skin, especially for babies and young children.
From cultivation to processing, no pesticides or chemicals are needed (hand harvesting, working with water, natural drying in the sun, etc…). In addition, the natural fibres of Aloe vera are 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Aloe Vera fibers can therefore be described as ecological fibers.
– article « production et récolte de l’Aloe Vera »
– article « Processing of Aloe Vera fibres in textile industries », Dr N N Mahapatra, 27 avril 2017
– A.N., Balaji., & K.J., Nagarajan., « Characterization of alkali treated and untreated new cellulosic fiber from Saharan aloe vera cactus leaves ».