What is Abaca
- a.k.a. Manila hemp.
- A relative of banana that does not produce edible bananas!
- Native to the Philippines
- Values for its super strong and flexible fiber, resistance to saltwater damage
- Harvesting abaca is laborious; it is cut into strips then scraped to remove the pulp
- FUN FACTS
- Mercedes Benz has used abaca yarn in automobile body parts
- Japan’s yen banknotes contain up to 30% abaca
- The world’s leading abaca producer is the Philippines!