Fibre-yielding plant resources of Odisha and traditional fibre preparation knowledge - an overview.
The paper enumerates a brief overview of 26 different uses of 146 plant species belonging to 98 genera and 40 families in the state Odisha. A few case studies were carried out on some promising species to explore the traditional methods of fibre extraction and their various uses. The data mainly based on field surveys and ethnobotanical information collection through open ended/structured/Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methods. This account not only provides valuable information on the untapped wealth of fibre genetic resources in Odisha but also creates an ample scope for cultivation and commercialization of few promising species.