The Philippine name of the Banana Palm and the fibre derived from it. This fibre is also known as ‘Manila Hemp’ and is used to make hats and bags. It is very hard-wearing, with similar properties to that of Sisal. It was originally used for rope and twine until it was realised that it could be made into a textile. The textile is made from the leaves of the Banana Palm and is the main fibre used in the production of Sinamay which is used extensively in Millinery. Other uses for this fabric are Teabags, Bank Notes and other Speciality papers. Abaca fibre is known for its flexibility, exceptional strength and buoyancy. It is also extremely resistant to damage done by salt water, making it very useful in Marine ropes and other applications.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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