Handcrafting banana fibre products is the source of livelihood for many families of Lakkavanahalli of Hiriyur taluk, Chitrdurga District, Karnataka. In the recent past, banana fibre had a very limited application and was primarily used for making items like ropes, mats, and some other composite materials. But with the increasing environmental awareness and growing importance of eco-friendly fabrics, banana fibre has also been recognized for all its good qualities and now its application is increasing in other fields too such as apparel garments and home furnishings.
Craftsman of Lakkavanahalli mainly works on making Globe lamp, mats, yoga mats, dining mats, prayer mats, handbags, window blinds, cushion covers, door mats, and purse. They also get the opportunity to exhibit their work in exhibitions at various places in the country. The products are marketed in Bangalore, Delhi, Bombay, England, Maldives and Dubai.