I found a banana plant that someone was throwing out... This was an excellent opportunity to try making some paper out of it!
The first thing I did was so strip the 'trunk' until I reached the bast
Banana fiber is surprisingly strong. This is what it looks like, when the bast is stripped down further.
I then cut up the bast into small pieces with a knife. I cut off the parts that were rotting and kept them aside for composting.
When I reached deep within the bast, I found beautifully rolled up, translucent leaves, ready to be born.