The properties of current commercially available banana yarns vary greatly depending on the processes the virgin material has been subdued to. Treating it as viscose is very common. Its shine and softness resemble silk giving it a desirable finish. When it is not put through these hard chemicals, the amount of lignin, 5-18%, and pectin, 3-5%, in the fibers, gives the yarn a similar feel to jute. Often itchy and stiff, Roberta ought to find an eco-friendlier approach for degumming the fibers through the use of enzymes.