completion of retting of the plants/stems, the extraction of fibres from the retted
plants, their washing and drying starts. If the stripping is delayed, biodegradation of
the fibres takes place and the fibre quality is affected.
In this step bundles of retted plants are placed in
front. Two to three plants are taken out of the bundles at a time. using fingers, the
heavy non-fibrous matters of the basal areas are scraped off, some fibres of the area are
peeled, the fibres of the basal areas are grabbed and the fibres of the whole plants are
peeled off from the woody core called jute sticks.
stands in 0.5 - 0.7 m deep water, picks up 8-10 stems at a time, mallets the butt ends
till the fibre is loosened, separates the fibres, wraps it around the fingers, and jerks
the remaining portion horizontally on the water surface. As fibre is separated further, it
is wrapped around the palm / wrist and the process is continued till the fibre has been
completely separated. After this, the fibre is lashed on the water surface 2-3 times
completing the washing. The washed fibre is folded, wrangled and kept on the bank of the