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Abaca: Natural Fiber

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Manila hemp, also known as manilla, is a type of fiber obtained from the leaves of the abacá (Musa textilis), a relative of the banana. It is mostly used for pulping for a range of uses, including specialty papers. It was once used mainly to make manila rope, but this is now of minor importance. Manila envelopes and manila paper take their name from this fibre.

Native Handicrafts

Changing times had made organic products to be in demand worldwide, but the artisans and craftsmen who used to make those beautiful crafts as their pastime and livelihood, crafting "salakot," "ongkoy," "uronan", "sagad" and "banig" is already an aging generation.

Pili

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Canarium ovatum, commonly known as pili, is a species of tropical tree belonging to the genus Canarium. It is one of approximately 600 species in the family Burseraceae. Pili are native to maritime Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, and Northern Australia. They are commercially cultivated in the Philippines for their edible nuts.

Tiger Grass (Lasa or Sugbo)

The town of Caramoran on the western seaboard of the island reportedly produces tiger grass of commercial volume. Tiger grass is the primary material used for broom making.


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Once a favoured source of rope for ship's rigging, abaca shows promise as an energy-saving replacement for glass fibres in automobiles. The Plant Also called manila hemp, abaca is extracted from the leaf sheath around the trunk of the abaca plant (Musa textilis), a close relative of the banana, native to the Philippines and widely distributed in the humid tropics. Harvesting abaca is labourious. Each stalk must be cut into strips which are scraped to remove the pulp. The fibres are then washed and dried. The Fiber Abaca is a leaf fibre, composed of long slim cells that form part of the leaf's supporting structure. Lignin content is a high 15%. Abaca is prized for its great mechanical strength, buoyancy, resistance to saltwater damage, and long fibre length – up to 3 m. The best grades of abaca are fine, lustrous, light beige in colour and very strong. Uses of Abaca During the 19th century abaca was widely used for ships' rigging, and pulped to make sturdy manila envelopes…

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