A Philippine tree which is related to the banana tree. Abacas golden brown and white
hemp fiber is very strong and used in making industrial marine rope, hand- made paper,
wall coverings, floor coverings and a variety of handicrafts. Abaca hemp fiber is also
very soft to the touch yet strong enough to hold ocean liners to docks, and is friendly to
salt water. Abaca fiber is used to make the paper the US dollar and many fine currencies
are printed on. Abaca is stronger and softer than Sisal.
An African tree related to the palm. Raffias pale colored leaf fibers are supple and
smooth yet very durable. Some traditional uses for Raffia are exquisite international
designs of raffia hats, bags, shades, mats and accessories.
Both Abaca & Raffia fibers are cleanable and easy to maintain.
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