Abaca plant (Musa textilis), is a species of banana native to the Philippines. The plant is harvested for its fibre, once generally called Manila hemp. The fibre was originally used for making twine and rope; now mostly abacá is pulped and used in a variety of specialized paper products including tea bags, filter paper and banknotes.
I’ve just bought some paper from this material and am eager to see what I can do with it. I’ll keep you posted.

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Musa Textilis, also known as Abaca plant, is a plant which resembles the banana plant naturalized in Kerala for its fibre cultivation. The leaf stem of the plant is cut and left to wilt, then soaked in water and crushed to separate the very strong fibres. These fibres are woven into rope or cord and can be even made into paper.  The abaca fibre is prized due to its strength, flexibility and water resistance even to salt water and hence it used for marine ropes, well-drilling cables, etc.

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