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A Philippine tree which is related to the banana tree. Abaca’s 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. Raffia’s 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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