There are many technologies that have been developed for soundproofing in order to create solutions such as the best soundproof windows but there is a new breakthrough in soundproofing by using jute. Jute is fiber from vegetables that is long, soft and shiny. It is then formed into strong threads with coarse textures. The same fiber is employed in making gunny cloth, hessian cloth and burlap cloth.
India is currently campaigning to use of jute by featuring its uses to the public. A student from NID or National Institute of Design employed jute as a soundproofing material to showcase one of its uses. The project was created in order to encourage the hotel industry to use the material. The product is now being employed in the auditorium that is ongoing construction inside the Gandhinagar campus of National Institute of Design.
The student, BhavikaVajani, is enrolled in Masters Programme in Lifestyle and Accessories Design. The concept came to her as she was developing her graduation project. It is a requirement to students in National Institute of Design that are in their final year to come up with a live project which will answer the demand of a certain industry.
Bhavika shared about her journey and said that her project’s main goal is to change the view of the public when it comes to jute. It is often referred to as a rugged material employed as a cheaper alternative.She was able to study more about the material and she found out that it has properties that exhibit excellent insulation in acoustic applications. This property of jute became the focus of her project.
She added that a trend research regarding the soundproofing properties of jute revealed that it can be used indoors to maintain the quality of sound. It can be used in residential spaces and public spaces such as restaurants, hotels and auditorium.
There are challenges using jute, according to Bhavika. The main challenge lies in taming the material. She had to improve the acoustic properties of the material while making sure that the aesthetic value is not lost. It can now compete with other insulation materials used in best soundproof windows such as woolen felt and fiberglass.