Coir and raffia fibers both come from palm trees and conjure up images of beautiful beaches, delicious cocktails and sunny holidays.
Coir is obtained from the outer coconut shell and originates in India and Bangladesh. A ripe coconut produces dark brown coir, a green fruit produces pale coconut fibers. The coconut is broken by machine to loosen the fibrous layer and the coconut is then submerged in running water to separate the fiber and bark from each other. The by products are used for soil cover and improvement.
After a few steps of the production process, long and short fibers are separated from each other and the fibers are cleaned so that spinning can start.