The Kottapuram Integrated Development Society (KIDS), a non-governmental organisation, in association with the India-Canada Environmental Facility, has developed a technique for using water hyacinth.

The technique is aimed at making attractive surfaces by means of "interlacing."

The interlacements, apart from providing aesthetic appeal, increase the strength of the surface.

Weaving is the process of fabric formation through interlacement of warp and weft, says Sunny George, who is associated with the project. Warp is made out of many long and strong threads that have to be kept constantly under stretched conditions during weaving.

Water hyacinth can be blended through weaving by interchanging weft materials such as screw pine, alternatively with water hyacinth. This can be used for preparing blends suitable for tablemats and blinds, says P. Johnson, director of KIDS.

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