Three quarters of the manila trade takes place with Abaca plants in the Philippines.

Abaca is a banana plant and therefore a larger, more robust plant. The fibers come from the stalk of the plant.



  • 100% natural
  • Biodegradable
  • Heavy, chunky rope with coarse fibers


  • Suitable for outdoor use (better than sisal)
  • String for guardrails
  • Binder twine and pulling rope
  • Rigging on classic ships

Technical details

  • 3 or 4 strand staple spun/twisted rope
  • Moderate tensile strength, stronger than sisal
  • Absorbs moisture, but does not harden
  • Good moisture resistance. May eventually rot, but contains 10% oil to prevent rotting
  • When pulled, stretches somewhat before breaking
  • UV resistant
  • Fire retardant
  • Natural coloring (dark brown)


  • Bobbins
  • Reels

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