The country is eyeing to increase its abaca shipments to India after the South Asian country lifted the import ban on Manila hemp
after laboratory results showed that earlier exports were free of disease, Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFida) said.
According to an article on Smithsonian.com, on July 14, 1865, a seven-member team of climbers made the first ascentto the top of the Matterhorn using ropes woven out of our very own Manila hemp
, more commonly known as abaca.
Paglicawan's research efforts to use Manila hemp
or abaca in engineering materials led to her citation.
On display are the countries' agricultural staples (rice and other grains, bamboo, Manila hemp
, spices), traditional kitchenwares (such as plates and coconut shell cups), festivals, farmers' hats, and games.
Participating Filipino exhibitors offered quality artisanal ornamental and home products made from various natural products abundantly found in the Philippines, such as abaca (Manila hemp
), rattan, hard woods, clay and natural stones, and recycled materials handcrafted by the communities from where the companies are based.
For instance, in some countries paper money is manufactured using paddy straw or abaca fibers also known as Manila hemp
(fiber is extracted from the stalk of a tree-like herb which is of the same genus as the common banana).
* During World War II, "Manila hemp
" imported from Japan was an important commodity for the U.S.
OPPOSITE: Clockwise from top, specially designed upholstery fabrics and silhouette lend a contemporary Asian air to the Sushi furniture collection by Dutch designer Edward van Vliet for Italian furniture trendsetter Moroso; hand-crafted in New York, the Hakama chair is upholstered in the same Nishijin silk used for traditional obis (kimononewyork.com, $32,000); hand-painted manila hemp
wall covering, Chinois our Way, from Phillip Jeffries.
The wraps are made from natural fibres, particularly abaca or manila hemp
, a tree-like plant indigenous to the Philippines of the same genus as the common banana.
Abaca, also known as Manila hemp
is native to the Philippines where the plant is cultivated by some 90,000 farmers who are currently producing 80,000 tons of fiber each year.
The Manila Hemp
, Musa textilis, a relative of the Banana plant, is widely used in ship's rigging and for sacking.
The raw sisal and Manila hemp
fiber was delivered to the prison by rail in 400-pound bales.